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good morning. no relief. 70% of the country now dealing with some of the coldest temperatures in years. and in upstate new york, a ninth straight day of snow is only adding to the misery. tragic end. th30-year-old heiress to the johnson & johnson fortune found dead in her los angeles home. now police are trying to figure out how she died. and boy's best friend. an 11-year-old saved by his golden retriever when she jumps in front of an attacking cougar. his story in an exclusive interview today, tuesday, january 5th, 2010.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. it was a pretty picture of the empire state building here in new york. >> it was. >> but further upstate in syracuse, new york, how would you like to live there? in the last week, they've gotten four feet of snow. >> that is a lot of snow. here in manhattan, the temperature is in the low 20s, but that is downright balmy compared to international falls, minnesota, where the mercury hit, get this, 38 bel zero. we're not talking windchill. we're talking straight temperature. more on the weather and where it's all headed from al in just a moment. >> but it's a dry cold. remember that. also ahead, you remember t salahis, that virginia couple that crashed the obamas' first white house state dinner back in november? well, now the secret service says there was actually a third
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party crasher. we'll get the details on that in a live report from the white use coming up in a couple of minutes. plus, some never-before-seen photos of tiger woods, and they offer a side of the golfing legend rarely, if ever, seen, courtesy of "vanity fair" magazine. we'll have a look at them straight ahead. but we begin this tuesday morning with the deep freeze that has spread to even more of the country. nbc's jeff rossen's in snowy upstate new york in fulton, just outside syracuse, the shot we showed you before. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's cold here, too, from the east to the midwest down to the south.
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know it's winter, but even for january, this is cold. and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best you can. >> well, by the end of six days, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding neighborhoods near chicago. and there is frostbite in fargo. this teenager went outside barefoot. you can't do that when it's below zero. just ask the weather channel's mike seidel in minneapolis. >> with the wind hitting this side of my face and the 25 below zero windchill, felt like somebody had a propane torch right here. the whole side of my face was on fire. it was burning and cracking.
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and as i inhaled, i could feel ice crystals forming on the edge of my nose. >> reporter: lovely. in florida, the citrus crops are in danger of frosting. >> it's the worst year i've seen as a professional. it was 17 degrees in arcadia for eight or nine hours, which is devastating. >> reporter: think that's bad? try getting married on the beach like this couple in sarasota. seemed like a good idea when they planned it. >> i didn't think i would be any more ready to just get the wedding over with, and i was wrong because it's so cold, so. >> it should look good in the pictures, though. >> reporter: yeah, the pictures are pretty about you don't actually have to live in this. you know, the snow is piled up so much here in upstate new york, the snow blowers no longer work. you have to do it manually, and the snow is so thick, as you mentioned, more than four feet of snow. and by the way, we should mention, the people who live in this house, it looks like they'd be shut-ins, but they're okay, matt. >> they must be thrilled with the tv lights this morning, too, jeff. thanks very much. so, when can we expect some relief? al roker's upstairs with
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answers. don't say june, al. >> that's right. no, no, i'm not going to say that. memorial day. anyway, we're looking right now at this jet stream. it dips way down to the south, so below to much below-normal temperatures. plus, we've got a new arctic outbreak ready to come down, follow that jet stream out of canada. so, here's what we're looking at, temperatures way below zero for the eastern two-thirds of the country. teens, single digits, 20s for today. we move into tomorrow, that cold air now starts to work its way down to the south. you can see those zeros and teens working their way into the midwest. and moving on into thursday, the cold air continues. there may be a little moderation here in the east, but then by the weekend, that bitterly cold air works its way in. plus, we've got another snowstorm to talk about. we'll talk about that in the next few minutes, but that one is going to be moving in to all this cold air, and you know what that means. meredith? >> yeah, that's depressing. al, thank you very much. we'll get the rest of al's forecast in a moment. but now on to the ongoing security changes being made in the wake of that christmas day attempted bombing of a
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detroit-bound flight. nbc's pete williams is in washington with the latest. pete, good morning to you. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. airports around the world are slowly responding to new u.s. screening rules. they're intended to focus more attention on passengers who are from or traveling through high-risk areas on their way here. cuba's government called the new screening rules antiterrorist paranoia, but airlines there followed them anyway, as they're slowly starting to do at other international airports for flights to the u.s. the rules require pat-downs and physical luggage checks for passengers who are from or traveling through countries considered high risk. >> security does not bother me. i feel like it is for our safety. >> reporter: amsterdam's airport said monday it would buy 60 new full-body scanners. the man accused of the christmas day plot, umar abdulmutallab, flew through amsterdam on his way to detroit. the scanners now in use in the u.s. include software that blurs the image of a passenger's groin
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and breasts, but given that abdulmutallab is accused of smuggling the explosive petn in his underwear, the secretary of homeland security says in an exclusive interview that the restriction may need to change. >> we have to take what we now know was one means of trying to smuggle petn on to this plane and look at how those images are constructed and whether the so-called privacy screens need to be amended. >> reporter: in newark, federal officials are investigating why a security officer did not react sunday night when a man, apparently eager to meet an arriving passenger, bypassed security screeners. that set off six hours of chaos when the entire concourse was shut down. >> it became very clear no one was moving through security. >> reporter: nbc news produc yes, ser clair duffy was among those stranded. >> people were on every square inch of every part of the terminal on all four levels. they're all crammed in on the floors. no one could tell us anything. >> reporter: and in yemen, where officials say the christmas day
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bomb plot originated, france joined the u.s. and britain in closing its embassies in response to intelligence warning of terror attacks, and the government there claimed to have killed two al qaeda fiters. as for the new airline security rules that require more intense screening of passengers coming from overseas, secretary napolitano says they're not temporary and are meant to be in force for the foreseeable future. meredith? >> pete williams, thank yo president obama is scheduled to meet with top security and intelligence officials this afternoon to discuss the security reviews that he ordered after that bombing attempt. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the white house with more on that. good morning to you, savannah. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. well, back from vacation now, this will be the president's first chance to meet face to face with his entire national security team, including the secretary of defense, secretary of state, homeland security, fbi director, the cia director and on and on. he will get an update on this terror investigation as well as the prosecution. and of course, we'll hear from these agency heads about what
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they've learned about what went wrong where. the president has said he wants to hold individuals accountable, but aides here say it's still early t, too early to say whether anyone will lose a job over this. as pete mentioned, there have already been changes to airline security, and we do expect the president to speak after this meeting today and announce some reforms to the watch listing system, meredith. >> all right, savannah, before i let you go, what do you know about this third party crasher at that now infamous state dinner? >> reporter: well, it turns out, the secret service, in the process of investigating how the salahis got in without being on the guest list, ran across a third individual who was also at the state dinner without being on the guest list, but the circumstances were a bit different. this is somebody who came with the indian state delegation, and here's how it happened. that indian delegation all assembled and rendezvouses at a nearby hotel where they were all swept by secret service, put through the metal detectors. they all got on a bus and van
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and came to the white house and faced no additional screening. this individual, apparently vouched for by a member of the indian state delegation, was screened at the hotel and slipped into the white house state dinner, but aides say there's no evidence he mixed and mingled with the president. he certainly did not get his picture taken with the president, meredith. >> all right. savannah guthrie, thank you so much. michael steele is the chairman of the republican national committee and author of the new book "right now: a 12-step program for defeating the obama agenda." mr. steele, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you know the republicans he been pretty critical of president obama's handling of this attempted terror bombing on christmas day. republican congressman peter hoof extra took it a step further. he's running for maryland. he sent out a fund-raising letter, saying "if you agree we need a governor that will stand up to the obama/pelosi efforts to weaken our security, please make a most generous contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 to my campaign." democrats immediately shot back "this is playing politics with
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our national security." do you see this terrorism incident as a partisan issue or is it fair game for the republicans to say that the democrats are less concerned with americans' safety than the republicans are? >> well, i don't think it's a question of saying one way or the other who's more or less concerned. what it is is looking at the approach the administration has taken from its very first moments coming in, talking about, you know, closing down gitmo with no strategy or plan to do that, and here we are a year later and gitmo's still a part of the mix. now with this recent incident, given everything in between, there is this image, at least, that's been created, this presence of the presidency and so forth that is not consistent in their approach to foreign policy and there are a lot of questions out there. and what i try to do in my book for republicans is to say, let's talk about these issuesn the context of our core principles and those things that we believe are going to be fundamental to helping america move forward, on the economy on a lot of issues, including national security. >> you know, one of his biggest
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opponents right now or one of the biggest critics of the president is former vice president dick cheney, and he has suggested the president is "trying to pretend that we are not at war with terrorists," and because of that, he is making us less safe. but "the new york times" reports that at least a dozen former top bush officials involved in counterterrorism, say as far as they're concerned, they pretty much agree with obama's policy. so, is cheney actually hurting the republicans more than helping them when he makes these statements? >> no, i think the vice president has made it very clear. i think he's been very consistent and correct in saying that the inconsistency in the obama administration's approach to foreign policy, particularly with respect to terrorism is a concern. >> but if you don't say war on terror, does that mean you're not concerned about terrorism? >> that's the point. if you can't call a thing what it is, then there's a question about what do you think it is. you can't look at this as an intervention. you can't look at this as dealing with criminals as you would the guy who robbed the 7-eleven, you know, where you're trying to hijack a plane or bomb
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a plane or something like that. >> but isn't it a matter of semantics, mr. steele? he says it's a war on al qaeda, war on terrorism. terrorism is a tactic and that's why he doesn't use that word. >> i think the american people know full well what it is, a war ainst terrorism. they view a terrorist as a terrorist, not a criminal who is subject to the same constitutional privileges and rights you and i are? you've got to be kidding me. when you have this as the landscape on which we're conducting foreign policy, dick cheney and others, whether they're former bush administration officials or not, everyone's taking a look at this from a very critical eye. my job and my role is to get the party prepared from the bottom all the way up to the top to go out and engage on these issues, understanding how they affect -- >> but even in your book, and you say it right in the beginning about your party, we screwed up. >> yeah. >> and we don't really have the support of the american people right now. >> because we've moved away from those fundamental principles that have defined us for generations, those things that anchored us, whether you're talking about national security or the economy or health care,
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whatever the issue is. when you move away from those principles about the role of government, the role and responsibility of individuals to create wealth in this economy, not the government, that's when you get on the slippery slopes that we've been on the last year, that's when you lose elections, as we have done since 2006. now we have a time to refocus our energies and reanchor ourselves in those principles and move forward, and those within the party and outside the party who don't adhere to that, then do something else. >> are you going to make the midterm elections -- or is the republican party going to make the midterm elections a referendum on the president? >> absolutely they are. at some point, they have to take responsibility for what they're doing, their decisions. they are having an impact, whether domestically or internationally, and you've got to account for it, and this is one of those break points where you stop and assess how is the administration doing and how are the members of his party, as it was under bush and as it was under reagan and others, how are they performing and what are they doing to protect us, allow us to grow our economy and allow us to live free without as much
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government interference as they're giving us. >> you know, you're one year into your two-year term. a lot of people thought you would be toast by now. >> of course! >> what happened? >> still here, brother's still kicking. >> brother's still here. >> brother's still here. >> thank you very much, nice to see you. now let's get on the rest of the morning's top stories with ann curry at news desk. >> good morning, everybody. in the news, the bodies of seven cia employees killed in a bombing in afghanistan arrived back in the united states on monday at dover air force base, and there is confirmation now that the bomber accused in their deaths was a trusted informant, a jordanian doctor who had been working as a double agent, claiming to have information about a key deputy of osama bin laden. the conviction of zacarias moussaoui, the only person to stand trial in the united states for the 9/11 attacks, was upheld on monday by a federal appeals court. the court rejected arguments that he was denied access to evidence and wasn't given the right to pick his own attorney. moussaoui is serving life in prison. police say a dispute over
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social security benefits was the motive behind a deadly shooting at a federal building monday in las vegas. they say the 66-year-old gunman opened fire, killing one security guard and wounding a u.s. marshal before he was shot to death. a lawsuit filed by the gunman complaining about a cut in benefits was dismissed in federal court last year. landslides and a ten-foot tsunami triggered by a earthquake hit the solomon islas on monday. on one island, hundreds of homes collapsed, leaving about a third of the population homeless, but so far there are no reports anyone was seriously hurt. gas prices are up because of the rising price of oil. the nationwide average for regular gas is $2.67 a gallon, up almost a dollar a gallon from a year ago. oversaeas markets are up after the dow jumped on monday. cn cnbc's melissa lee is live. and lots of attention on google today. >> unveiling its
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much-anticipated smartphone called the nexus 1. it will compete in a crowded space against the likes of the iphone and blackberry. meantime, all eyes are also on apple computer, yesterday saying it intends on unveiling its new tablet device at the end of this month. experts expect this to be a larger version of the itouch device with a ten-inch screen retailing for about $1,000 apiece. news coming as the stocks hit a one-year high. >> melissa lee, thanks. a new study finds more than half of all americans who have jobs are not happy with them. the study by the conference board finds that only 45% of americans are actually satisfied with their work. that's the lowest that the research group has recorded in the 22 years it has looked at this issue. it is now 7:17. let's go back to meredith, matt and al. >> i'm happy. >> i'm happy. >> i'm happy. >> only half of our employees -- >> only half of our viewers are happy with our job. >> that's a different research study, yeah.
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mr. roker, we've got a storm coming in later in the week? >> that's right. it started right now in the plains, it's going to dive south and then head along the east coast. let's take it out, see what's happening. of course, right now it's currently in the plains, bringing some snow. as we move on into wednesday, we're looking at it making its way through the midplains and on into the mid-atlantic states and then out into the atlantic. snowfall amounts, well, generally fairly light. we're talking about tee to six inches. some areas may pick up about nine inches, but right along the eastern seaboard, one to three. minneapolis down into cincinnati, maybe six inches of snow. not going to be a potent weather maker, but you put itt cloudy and cold on this tuesday morning, good morning, as we look at the radar at this hour, we're getting a little lit slow in southern maryland and right in washington and inside the beltway getting some flurries and prince george's coun and southern montgomery county. just a little bit of very light snow, not sticking.
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27 in washington now, highs today in the mid 30s. maybe a few more flurries >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. now to the sudden death of casey johnson, the 30-year-old heiress to the johnson & johnson family fortune. she was found dead in her los angeles home on monday. nbc's george lewis has details. >> reporter: heiress to a fortune, casey johnson had been trying to make a name for herself in hollywood. her girlfriend, tila tequila was the star of the reality show "a shot at love with tila tequila." >> pass me around. >> pass her around. >> reporter: the couple made tabloid headlines last month when they posted this video online. >> casey johnson and ms. tila tequila are now officially engaged. woo! >> reporter: the news of
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johnson's mysterious death was announced by tila tequila via twitter. she wrote "r.i.p. my angel. you will forever be in my heart! i love u so much and we will marry when i see u in heaven, my wivey." >> she was someone interested in sort of being a celebrity. she kind of felt like she could be paris hilton, but she was just sort of the nonfamous paris hilton. >> reporter: johnson actually went to high school with paris hilton and turned down hilton's invitation to co-star with her in the reality tv show "the simple life." the role went to nole richie, and in 2006, johnson told "vanity fair" not doing "the simple life" was the stupidest mistake of my life. i kick myself in the butt every day." like hilton, johnson was also in trouble with the law. she was arrested on theft charges in november, allegedly stealing jewelry, clothing and documents from an ex-girlfriend. >> this is a woman who was somewhat troubled, who was known as being a little unstable.
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she wasn't a bad person, but she seemed to have a dark cloud over her. >> reporter: a notorious party girl, she surprised many friends when she adopted a girl from kazakhstan in 2007. >> but every day we're trying to make the team a little better. >> reporter: johnson was the daughter of jets owner woody johnson, heir to the johnson & johnson health and pharmaceuticals empire. the johnson family issued a statement, saying it's mourning its tragic loss. police say there was no evidence of foul play and are waiting on toxicology results to determine the cause of death. for "today," george lewis, nbc news, los angeles. still ahead on this tuesday morning, tiger woods uncovered. new photos that reveal a side of the golfer you've probably never seen before, but first, this is "today" on n
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coming up, free credit card fees that may have gone up
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without your noticing. what you need to check. plus, an 11-year-old boy saved from the jaws of a wild cougar by his dog.
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good morning, i'm eun yang. in the news this morning, the redskins hope their next head coach is in town right now. former broncos coach and two-time super bowl winner, mike shanahan flew in yesterday. if shanahan is hired, he would become the seventh head coach hired in just ten years.
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cloudy, blustery and cold, temperatures in the 20s. we're getting passing light snowshowers coming through this morning. they'll be with us from time to time over the next couple of hours, highs in the mid 30s today, mostly cloudy, might get a few more passing light snowshowers tonight. partly cloudy, blustery and cold tomorrow. might get a little light snow late thursday night into friday morning. jerry, how's the traffic? >> interstate 66, we're moving pretty well. the usual delays. the good news is, the absence of any intense sunshine hampering the traffic flow. but travel lanes are open. beltway crash, outer loop of the
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beltway at 5. and bw. >> we'll be back in 25 minutes with another local news update. for now, back to "the today show" after this short break.
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's the 5th day of january 010. that blast of arctic air still lingering over new york city as we check out the view from the top of the rock. wouldn't want to be up there today. it's in the low 20s to begin the day here, but a crowd outside on the plaza seemingly undaunted by the frigid temperatures or the windchills. we'll get outside and say hi to them in just a little while. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer alongside meredith vieira. and just ahead, we're going to talk about some skyrocketing credit card rates. >> you are not kidding. if you haven't noticed, some interest rates have soared to as
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high as 20% or even 30%. we're going to tell you why that's happening and what, i anything, you can do about it. also ahead, you know the expression man's best friend? >> yeah. >> well, a golden retriever proved that. an 11-year-old boy knows it's true. his dog, angel, saved him from a cougar just as that cat started to pounce. coming up, we'll talk to the boy and find out how angel is doing this morning. >> that's a great story. plus, "avatar" has only been out for three weeks. it is already just the fifth film ever to gross more than $1 billion. we're going to have more on the phenomenon in a moment. but we want to begin this half hour with tiger woods like you've probably never seen him before. as speculation mounts over the golfer's whereabouts, some new photos are causing a stir. nbc's peter alexander has more. peter, good morning. >> matt, good morning to you. these are undoubtedly the most revealing photos we have ever seen of tiger woods, shot four years ago, now being released for the first time. here he is bare-chested, pumping iron, you will see, a far cry from the family-friendly image
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that helped woods become an international icon. it's an intimate view of tiger woods that most of his fans have never seen, the embattled superstar, usually sporting polo shirts, stripped down for celebrity photographer annie leibovitz, looking more like a bodybuilder than a champion golfer. >> it does not help him, but on the flip side, maybe it's a new image for tiger. that squeaky-clean wage not him. >> reporter: the racy photo shoot took place in january of 2006, long before woods acknowledged breaking his marriage vows to wife elin. the raw and unguarded look at golf's biggest star published in february's edition of "vanity fair." as leibovitz told the website "tiger is an intensely competitive athlete and quite serious about his sport. i wanted to reveal that in these photos and to show his incredible focus and dedication." woods' wife, on the other hand,
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was spotted pulng her daughter and son in a wagon outside the family's windermere, florida, mansion. >> elin, we support you. >> reporter: elin had just returned from celebrating her 30th birthday in a luxurious french ski chateau with family and friends but without tiger. >> forgive him -- >> reporter: she's reportedly contemplating divorce. one british tabloid claims elin has hired a private investigator to find out just how much money her husband is really worth. after reportedly joking with friends that her christmas present from him was $300 million, roughly half what he earned in the time they were together. >> she may be entitled to half of it. she's not only been a good wife, but she's been a humiliated wife. the pi should be able to follow the money trail. it's not any elicit business. it's all there. >> reporter: woods' fortune is already taking a hit. after five years together, at&t recently announced its separation from the tarnished star. >> the reality is, he's got one shot to do a mea culpa and say i
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am sorry, i realize i ruined my life, i'm going to do whatever it takes, but there can't be any shoe-dropping afterwards. >> reporter: meanwhile, advice about redemption. >> the extent to which he can recover seems to be his faith. he's said to be a buddhist. i don't think that faith offers the forgiveness and dremsion as the christian faith, so my  advice would be tiger, return to the christian faith and you can make a total recovery. >> reporter: just weeks after his crash, his whereabouts are as questionable as the crash itself. according to reports, he's in e bahamas, in rehabor sex addiction, on the florida coast with a mistress or in new york city enjoying new years. and the latest possible tiger den, africa. tmz reports immediately after the accident woods said he was off to a friend's estate in africa to escape from public view.
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there has been at least one confirmed tiger sighting since then. nbc news learned just four days after his crash, the florida highway patrol met woods and his lawyer at what was an undisclosed location in orlando to deliver his ticket and to see if woods had any injuries that might not be consistent with that traffic accident. matt? >> peter, thanks very much. nbc's peter alexander. bus basisinger is a contributing editor at "vanity fair." he wrote this month's cover story on tiger woods. buzz, welcome back. >> nice to be back. >> it's a remarkable article you've written. you've taken some of the tawdry details and put them aside. >> right. >> and you view it in a social context, and you talk about why as americans people are so angry about this. what's your conclusion? >> well, i think people are angry because he clearly used that image for financial reasons. it was that image that made him the billion dollars. i mean, this guy came across as perfect, a perfect athlete, perfect man, perfect husband,
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perfect father, perfect everything. we wanted to believe in him and we did because the image he presented. >> so, even when other celebrities have disappointed us through infidelity or drug use or whatever, there seems to be a more emotional response to this with people. >> yeah, because i don't -- i think, you know, look, celebrities get in trouble. people do things they shouldn't. infidelity is not new, but i don't think -- they're not profiting to the degree that this man did. this image to me was very clearly calculated to make money. >> well, are people mad at tiger woods or are they mad at themselves a little bit because they bought into this? >> well, i think it's little bit of both, but you know, i think you're right, we wanted to believe. in a landscape of sports and celebrity and entertainment where so many are getting into trouble, here was this one guy who was perfect. so, in terms of the media, we didn't do the scrutiny maybe we should have done, the public just bought it hook, line and sinker, but i think fundamentally -- and i think we had a right -- we were disappointed in this guy, really disappointed.
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>> let me read something from your article. "but there was no way of ever knowing tiger woods not in golf beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him the most remarkable athlete of our time, and not outside golf because he never showed any real part of himself off the course, never stepping outside of the cocoon that he and his handlers -- primarily, international management group -- had created." >> well, virtually every tournament -- and i've spoken to a lot of golf writers who cover hundreds of tournaments. mark steynberg with rapid img would always be there. everything would be very controlled, show up with his posse. he would always say the right things, but as a golf writer said half an hour later, he would say nothing. he was smiling, he was polite but he never revealed himself. he didn't hang around the locker room once the tournament was over, he was gone. he really stayed in his own shell. >> so, as a result of living in that cocoon, you also suggested he felt insulated and probably
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never saw the unraveling coming. >> like a lot of people, he probably felt invincible. you understand the invincibility. the guy is the best athlete of our times. that focus, the ability to come back is amazing. what i love about annie leibovitz's pictures is it shows his intensity and focus, but it also shows his narcissism. >> in one picture he's doing pull-ups, and you say in your opinion that's an example of narcissism. why? you see a lot of people doing those. >> i do, and maybe it's my bias about golf, but i don't see a lot of golfers who look like that. maybe it's old-fashioned. i think of lee trevino, who looked like a smurf, you know, his small -- >> lee trevino was cut. >> yeah, he was really cut when he wasn't drinking. well, i shouldn't say that, but anyway, whatever. he just looked like a man who loved his body, and i understand that, but i think he thought he was insulated, but the thing is, matt, he got very sloppy at the end, the sex text and all that. >> as we look at some of the other photos thatome up here,
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you mention steroids in your article. however, there is no proof. >> no proof. >> let me say right now, and you don't make the allegation. >> no, i do not. >> but there have been whispers. and do you think that's being now pursued? >> you know, i'm sure it's being pursued, and i think you have to assume, unfortunately, with any athlete, that there's a possibility. and you know what? >> those are the times we're living in. >> i understand it, because you're talking about -- you know, you take performance enhancers, you're talking about making tens of millions of dollars, and maybe it's unfair, but every athlete has to come under scrutiny. >> let me ask you about redemption. he's probably in the worst time of his life at this moment, but america loves a sinner and they love to take people, build people up, tear them down and then build them back up again. >> right. >> what's the future, in your opinion? >> i think he should come back, shaved head, tattoos around his arms, bad to the bone, come in on a harley, win the masters, throw away the green jacket and go into the tent and find the prettiest woman. i don't think he'll do that. >> i don't know what's worse, the lee trevino comment or that.
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>> well, you know, given my history on national television, who knows? >> you think there is a comeback? >> i think he'll come back. i don't think he'll ever get the endor endorsements he got. i think he'll come back and i think he'll win because i think he is that one in a million athlete who can compartmentalize and set things aside, and if he wins, if he beats the tournament record of 18, people will say, whatever he was -- >> he was the greatest ever. >> he was the greatest ever. >> buzz bissinger, thank you for being here. remarkable article. the february issue of "vanity fair" will be available in new york and los angeles tomorrow, the rest of the country gets it next week. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by advil cold & sinus, with the power of advil plus a strong decongestant. ask for it at the pharmacy counter. >> and we found some nice folks from alaska. this is just a day in the park for you guys, right? >> yes, it is. >> what's your names? >> thor williams. >> and?
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>> tiana williams. >> and? >> savannah williams. >> joanna. >> kayla. >> and? >> jessica poindexter. >> very big family here. very nice. say hello to alaska. >> hello to alaska! >> alaska again. let's show you what's happening as far as your weather's concerned. we've got that lake-effect snow to talk about. it will not let up. we're talking snow from michigan, some of it's being felt as far south as maryland. we're talking about anywhere from three to six inches of snow, maybe nine inches in some local spots, rain in the pacific northwest. that storm coming out of the west. we're looking at sunshine through the southeast again, reco good morning, we've had a batch of flurries coming through the metro area over the last hour. right now the radar is showing it moving south and east and into prince george's county again and southern montgomery county they're getting a few flurries as well. and the temperatures are cold, so whatever is sticking to the ground won't melt. 27 in washington, highs today in
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the mid 30s. mostly cloudy, maybe a few other flurries later on today, as well as tonight. tomorrow, blustery and >> that's your latest weather. for a check of the weather any time of the day or night, you can go to the weather channel on cable or online. mr. lauer? >> all right, mr. roker, thank you very much. up next, some credit card rates on the rise. the three fees everyone with a credit card needs to be on the lookout for. jean chatzky will share those with us.
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back now at 7:44. this morning on "today's money," new credit card fees for the new year. expansive reform aimed at protecting consumers goes into effect in february, but with an expected cost to the industry of more than $50 billion, banks are quickly trying to pass that cost on to you. jean chatzky is "today's" financial editor and author of "money 911." jean, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> this is all about three fees that you say card holders need to be aware of. banks almost doing an end run here, basically. >> that's exactly right. they want to make up the difference. it's more than three fees, but these are the main ones. >> okay. >> first on the list, annual fees. we haven't seen annual fees on most cards in a very long time. >> banks used to wave those to attract business. >> that's exactly right, over the last 15 years, but now they're coming back and testing fee levels. they're rolling out fees
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anywhere from $29 to $99. they're going to see what is most palatable to their customer base. >> you also mention inactivity fees. so if you don't use the account, you're charged for it. >> that's rit. these are about $19. and essentially, they're saying, look, we have to pay to mail you your statements, we have to pay to keep records on you. it's costing us money. we're going to pass that fee along to you. >> and also, you say to cardholders, be aware of a processing fee. what is a processing fee? >> it's basically an administrative fee. banks and credit card companies are starting to charge you for sending you your statement on paper. we've seen this from the long distance companies in years past, but these are the sorts of things that are going to come in. >> and what is the rationale that the banks give for that? >> the new legislation actually forces them to give more disclosure, more information. they're saying this is costing us more paper, this is costing us more to mail it to you. we're going to pass those costs along. >> so the banks are not going to raise the red flags for you, say hey, look at what we're doing, so -- >> well, the banks are going to tell you when you're seeing a big change, when you're seeing a
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big increase in an interest rate or annual fee. you're going to get something into the mail, and it's really up to us to open those documents, read them, which we haven't done in the past, because we have an opportunity, particularly when the interest rates go up, to opt out, to say, no, i don't want this interest rate increase, and you've got to hold it where it is right now. they'll close your card and you'll have five years to pay off the debt at the old rate. >> so, the language is very important. >> right, and i would very much watch out for the word protection. banks are looking to make up money that they're going to lose for allowing customers to opt out of overdraft fees and to opt out of overlimit fees. they're not going to use the word opt out. they're going to use the word protection. you see that and you want to run in the other direction. >> exactly. make it look like it's something that's really good for you. >> it's really good, but in fact, it's going to charge you $35 a time if you get hit. >> to compare cards, you like the site what could people find there? >> it's a database of more than 1,000 cards and you can compare cards by the annual fee, by the
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grace period, by the interest rate, and figure out if you have a good deal now or if you want to change. >> i mean, nobody wants to pay additional fees, but are there instances where you probably should swallow it and do it? >> if you are looking for a mortgage or car loan or any sort of other big credit in the next 6 to 12 months, it's the wrong time to close any cards because it's going to hit your credit score, your credit rating. so go ahead, get the big loan, then deal with your credit cards. >> otherwise, if you don't like the fees, go to another bank, look elsewhere? >> yeah. try to line up the new credit before you close the old credit. >> jean chatzky, good advice. >> thank you. just ahead, the remarkable story of a boy saved by an attacking cougar by his beloved dog.
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how many people have seen "avatar"? >> have not seen it. >> you have? >> the women have seen it, how interesting. >> 3d or regular? >> 3d. >> we saw it in regular because a friend of mine gets nauseous
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with 3d, but i hear it's a whole other experience. >> it's a lot more expensive, too. >> a lot more? >> probably about $4. >> depending on the theater. >> but the numbers are staggering. it's the fifth movie in history that has crossed the $1 billion mark. >> and it's only out, what, three weeks at this point? >> and number one all three weeks, which is interesting. that's a rarity. >> the other four -- >> all right. >> number four, "the dark knight" at $1.001 billion. "pirates of the caribbean" or caribbean, $1.06 billion. "lord of the rings: the return of the king," $1.13 billion, "titanic" $1.8 billion and what strikes you about that. >> cameron. >> james cameron, "titanic" and james cameron "avatar." >> he won't even get out of bed for less. >> with the controversy and all that took to make this movie, see -- >> a rising tide floats all books because at the weekend, the box office was phenomenal. all of the movies did well --
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>> you mean it draws other people -- >> "it's complicated," because you couldn't get into "avatar." instead, we went to see "sherlock holmes," which by the way -- >> i heard was amazing. >> but you know sh the controversy about this film and all the money it's making, is because in 3d it costs more, so you need to sell less tickets to get to -- >> but the other controversy is the smoking controversy with sigourney weaver's character smokes in it, but cameron explains that by saying she doesn't care about her body -- >> i think that's the smoking anyway -- >> you go, james cameron. >> congratulations.
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5756 is your time. a frigid morning, good morning, i'm eun yang. in the news for today, metro will recommend a series of proposed service cuts, part of a plan to make up for a $40 million budget shortfall. the cuts could mean longer wait times between trains and buses and more crowded conditions. and northrop grumman is making the move to the washington area, moving its corporate offices from l.a., closer to the key government commerce. the move is expected to be completed by 201. and executives say they're considering the district, as well as suburban sites in maryland and virginia, we'll take a break now and
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good morning, a few flurries passing through this morning. right now on record, still showing a few flurries in the district of columbia, as well as in prie george's county. and southern montgomery county. flurries heading south and east into charles county. elsewhere, quite a bit of clouds, a little sun starting to break through and temperatures below feezing, in the mid and upper 20s. 27 in washington. highs today should reach the mid 30s and maybe a few more flurries from time to time. otherwise, partly sunny, blustery and cold. blustery and cold tonight as well, with perhaps a few
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flurries or snowshowers. tomorrow, partly cloudy and blustery and cold, highs in the mid and upper 30s. on thursday, partly cloudy in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, late thursday night into early friday, there's a chance of a little light sn. don't expect more than an inch or so. as we get into the weekend, cold again and dry, with highs near 30. how's the traffic, jerry? >> time for a live look along i-270, just volume this morning. off and on to germantown and the interchange south towards the capital beltway, no accidents. we'll head to downtown along 395, pretty loaded up across the inbound 14th street bridge. even a little sluggish outbound, but all lanes are recorded open. we'll be back with more news, weather and trafficn 25 minutes. for now, back
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8:00 now on this tuesday morning, january 5th, 2010. and you are looking live at fulton, new york, just outside of syracuse, where it has snowed for nine straight days, and it is still snowing. that is what it is like to wake up to more than four feet of snow in your front yard. that is a lot of white stuff. >> oswego, new york. >> that's right. jeff rossen's up there. you would think he would have shovelled those people out. >> at the very least. >> he's buried probably at this point. that is, of course, our beautiful tree at rockefeller
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plaza. if you haven't came out to look at it, it is coming down on thursday, which is a sad thing, but all things have to go, right? so you appreciate them more. coming up, an incredible story. >> yes, we do. you ll. >> i'm a dog lover. i used to have a golden retriever, and a golden retriever came through in a big way for 11-year-old austin foreman. he came out to gather some firewood this weekend when a cougar came out of nowhere and leapt at him. his dog, angel, got right in front of it, went after the cougar. you could say saved this kid. >> wow. >> and austin and his mom are going to join us to tell us their story in just a little while, along with the constable who came to the rescue as well. >> and angel's doing okay? >> yep. >> angel is on the mend. >> okay, good. >> has had better days, but -- >> sure, sure. >> she's doing better. also ahead, what our teens do not tell us. let's face it, we know our kids keep a lot of stuff from us, but is that necessarily a bad thing? coming up, we're going to hr from teens and find out why one expert says it is okay for teens to keep some secrets. and then a little bit later
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on, ten of the cities where you will find the best real estate deals in this country right now. >> a hint? >> no. >> i didn't think you would. all righty, then. let us go inside. ann's standing by at the news desk with a look at some of the headlines. ann? >> all right, thanks a lot, matt. everybody, good morning once again. president obama is to announce additional airline security measures today, including improved terror watch list. this afternoon the president meets with a top intelligence and security officials before detailing the new safeguards. meantime, international airports are slowly starting to adopt the new rules for passengers flying to the united states, including in some cases patdowns and physical luggage checks. the u.s. embassy in yemen reopened today after being closed for two days because of fears of an al qaeda attack. yemeni security forces killed two al qaeda fighters monday and believe they have neutralized the threat. still, britain and france are keeping their embassies closed today. officials confirmed that the suicide bomber who killed seven cia employees in afghanistan
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last week was a trusted informant who claimed to have information about osama bin laden's second in command, ayman al zawahiri. he was being recruited as a double agent to infiltrate al qaeda. the bodies of the cia employees were returned to the united states at dover air force base on monday. an apparent motive has emerged in monday's deadly shooting at a federal building in las vegas. officials said that the gunman was upset because a judge had recently dismissed his lawsuit over social security benefits. police say that he killed a court security guard and seriously wounded a deputy u.s. marshal before he was killed. yet another winter storm is about to sweep across the eastern two-thirds of the nation and forecasters see no relief from the deep freeze this week. that's likely to make it harder for crews in upstate new york to clear away nearly four feet of snow and for drivers in omaha to dig out their abandoned cars. a hig five is stirring excitement at the winter meeting of the american astronomical society. nasa revealed that its keppler telescope on a mission to find
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earth-like planets has discovered five new planets in its first six weeks. two are as hot as lava and one has the density of styrofoam. keppler also found evidence that there are stars that could provide heat and stable enough to help foster life. now here's brian williams with what's coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news." hey, brian. >> hey, ann, thanks. we're looking at women's health this week, and tonight, one family's ten-year fight to end ovarian cancer and the hope for a life-saving test. it's all one mother's legacy. we'll have the story tonight on "nightly news." we'll look for you then. ann, for now, back to you. >> brian, thanks a lo. it is now 8:04. back outside to matt and meredith. hey, guys. >> hey. it's nicer today than it was yesterday. a bit more balmy. why are you laughing? >> it's cold out. >> it's cold, but -- >> it's 21 degrees. >> al, back me up here. >> you're absolutely correct. >> thank you, al. thanks very much. >> we've got a cutie here. who's this?
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>> this is mick. >> a classic snowsuit. we love this. where are you from? >> we're from frankfurt, germany. >> you're from germany. wow, you have no accent. >> well, we're servicemembers stationed here. >> i get it. takes me a while. he's a cutie. thanks for bringing him down. happy new year. let's look at your weather. pick city of the day, nbc 6, wowt tv, 13 degrees, frigid. we've got another storm system coming out of the plains, lake-effect snow around the great lakes. we've been telling you about that. the frigid weather falls all the way down to florida. 33 in atlanta today, 61 in miami. rain in the pacific northwest. sunny skies from west texas on into the southwest. and again, those lake-effecteff we've had a few flurries here this morning. as we look at the radar under a mostly cloudy sky, we're continuing to have a few flurries moving from the northwest to the southeast. now exiting the district of columbia and moving into prince
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george's and charles and calvert and st. mary's later on. they've this a few flurries this morning. elsewhere, it's mostly cloudy and cold, temperatures in the mid and upper 20s. in washington now 27. and the wind chills in the teens. going to be a blustery cold day today, maybe >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. lana here came all the way from california. >> hi! >> with her friends. >> hi, mom, hi, dad. >> keep going. >> hi, everybody at home, i miss you guys! love you! >> yeah, she came all the way from california and all her friends were asleep in the hotel, but she came out here. up next, the tale of a young boy saved by his beloved dog from an attacking cougar. you wanna be a hero?
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we can watch over here. (pointing to tv in the room) my little idea has come to life. i know i shouldn't take all the credit, but... it's my house. hey, feet off the table. i'm a pc and windows 7 was my idea. we're back now at 8:09 with the story of an 11-year-old boy and the angel that saved his life. we'll talk to him exclusively in a moment, but first, national correspondent natalie morales has the details. >> austin says he wouldn't be here this morning if it weren't for his beloved dog angel who fended off a cougar ready to pounce. austin foreman is lucky to be alive th morning thanks to his dog, a golden retriever named angel. >> we're really lucky that he was saved by an angel, because that's exactly what it was. i mean, there's no other word for it. >> reporter: the 18-month-old
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dog stopped a cougar from attacking her 11-year-old owner. >> i was really scared. like at first, i didn't know that it was a cougar. i thought it was another dog or something, but as soon as it went underneath the light, i saw that it was a cougar and i knew at that moment i had to go inside. >> reporter: the attack happened when austin went to get some firewood outside his home in boston bar, canada. >> the dog obviously knew something was up because she ran towards me just at the right time and the cougar ended up getting her instead. >> reporter: austin ran to safety while angel did her best to fight off the cougar, but the beloved family pet was no match for the wild animal. >> whining and making noises like we've never heard before, and we knew that cougar was killing our dog. >> reporter: a nearby royal canadian mounted police officer was on the scene within minutes of the attack. >> i could see that the cougar had the dog in its mouth, like around the dog's neck, so at
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that point, i fired a round, direct hit. >> reporter: the officer fired two shots and killed the cougar. badly bitten, angel survived. >> the cougar had its mouth over top of the dog's mouth trying to suffocate it and bled all over the animal, and out of nowhere, the dog breathes a gasp of air, just like comes back from being dead and just goes, and spits out blood. and i'm looking at her and holding her, and i'm like, "she's going to be all right, you guys." >> she was my best friend, but she's now even greater to me, more than a best friend now. >> and ael is continuing to recuperate from her ordeal and the foremans are confident he'll recover from her injuries. >> and austin and his mother and the constable are with us this morning. >> good morning. >> angel's still not there, she's recuperating. what's her condition? how's she doing?
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>> well, she's at the vet's right now. she had surgery yesterday afternoon. she was in for about an hour in surgery. extensive injuries to her head. her skull was fractured and they had to piece it together as well as numerous other wounds, but we're hopeful for a full recovery. just going to hope and pray that she comes through this okay. >> wow. she's a superdog. austin, you really sense that the dog, that angel knew something was wrong that time when you were going out for the firewood. you think that's why she was sticking so close to you? >> yeah. >> and when the cougar jumped, i mean, did it all happen in a split second? did you have any time to react at all, austin? >> no. it all just happened so fast and i was just lucky that my dog was there because it happened so fast that i wouldn't have known what hit me. >> and it had to be terrible for you, austin, because you managed to get inside, but then you're listening to these yelps and the whines from your dog and you realize that something terrible
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was happening just outside that door, didn't you? >> yeah, i did. >> sherry, it was lucky -- a couple of things lucky here -- one, lucky you were so close, you were able to pick up the phone and call the police very fast, and constable gravelle, you were what, a block and a half away, something like that? >> yeah, less than that, maybe half a block. our office is just down the street and i was just sitting there finishing up some paperwork. >> and the call came in that a young boy was being attacked by a cougar, correct? >> yeah, at first i heard it was a young boy. then they gave me the address and name of the family and i knew exactly who it was and who the family was, so, i got down here as soon as i could, and that's when one of their daughters ran out on the porch and said, "hurry up, chad, the cougar's got our dog." and at that point, i was a little more relieved that austin was okay, because i know he's the only little boy in this house. >> right. >> so it was a little better feeling knowing austin was okay. now we just had to deal with the
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dog. >> you get there and you fired a shot, a couple of shots, as we've talked about. were you worried about hitting the dog? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. the dog and the cougar were all kind of tangled up as one unit, and i could see on one side of the porch i could see the cougar. the cougar's like hind end type thing, and i was able to get one shot there. but when i came around front and kind of confronted the cougar and the dog, it was really dark out and i was just, you know, trying to line up my shot as best as i could, and i could just see maybe two or three inches of the cougar's head sticking out from behind angel, and luckily, i was able to get a good shot off and was unable to hit the dog. >> austin, do you have any doubt that angel saved your life that day? >> no, i don't. i do believe that there was a purpose for that and i do believe she knew something was up. >> and sherry, i know you feel that constable gravelle saved angel's life just the way angel saved austin's life. >> absolutely. without him, there's no way angel would have survived.
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i know that the sounds h all stopped and it was just a matter of seconds. so, the timing was perfect and we're very, very thankful that he got here as quickly as he did and things turned out a lot better than what they could have been. >> let's get to the really important stuff. how do you reward angel when she gets home? >> austin? >> well, i had gone to town yesterday and i went into a superstore there and i bought her a nice, big, juicy steak. >> she's going to love that. >> yep. >> i hope she's able to eat it real soon. you know that old joke, where does angel sleep? well, from now on, anywhere she wants to, i wouldimagine. >> absolutely. >> yep. >> hey, austin, i'm glad you're okay, and we're praying for angel. we hope she's home real soon with you. >> okay. >> thank you. >> and constable, great job. sherry, nice talking to you as well. >> thank you very much. >> thanks, sir. coming up next, what your teen may not be telling you. is it a good thing or a bad
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we're back at 8:19. and this morning on "today's family," what your teens aren't telling you. it is no secret that as our kids age, they tend to share less and less with us, but what secrets are your teens keeping? we went right to the source. >> reporter: the movies were an excuse for getting drunk and making out. >> i used to sneak out my window and go clubbin >> i never told my mother that i was being bullied. >> reporter: tapping into the minds and secrets of teens. it's something david levithan, author of several young adult novels, knows a thing or two about. >> parents don't appreciate how public teens' lives are, and how whether they're texting or posting on facebook, they're very conscious about their persona. >> reporter: so, we gathered a
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group of teens to chat with david about things they don't tell their parents. >> do you feel that things are really different than they were when your parents were teenagers? >> i'm sure my parents went through like problems in their teen years, but facebook's so public that people's feelings get hurt even more. >> so, what are the things that would really make your parents freak out? >> they would freak out if they knew how many people in high school are doing chewing tobacco, because that'she new rave for some reason. >> if my parents, like, found out everything we do, more like with our friends or like at parties, i don't think they'd be shocked, but i don't think they'd be happy. >> i think they would be surprised about like how easy access it is for their child to like participate in those kind of things, like drugs, alcohol, chewing tobacco. >> the way people dance. there's this thing, like, it's not even -- i don't even consider it dancing. they go to, are you going to a dubbing party, and you just grind on each other and eventually, you're not even like on the beat. >> i have a friend whose mom freaks out about things and
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their daughter goes behind their back and does stuff, and they can't trust their mom. >> dr. ronnie cohen-sandler is a author and clinical psychologist who works closely with teens and their parents. good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> we were chatting right before this. i relate to this story because my kids -- i have three teenagers -- went from sort of chatty kathys to clamming up. but you say it is entirely appropriate for teenagers to be less forthcoming with their parents. >> absolutely, but it's something parents have a hard time realizing, and i think it's expectations today. so many parents tell me they're so much cooler than their own parents who were absolutely clueless, so they're shocked and bewildered when their own teens don't open up to them. in fact, they think there's something wrong, but in reality, it's a very normal part of development. it's something kids have to go through. >> you know, i think as parents, we want to know everything about our kids and their friends, but there's a difference between wanting to know everything and needing to know everything, isn't there? >> there's a huge distinction between that. you know, our first priority as parents is making sure our teens are safe. so, we have to know where they are, when they're coming home,
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how they're getting home. those are things we need to know. we don't need to know which of their friends got drunk at a party saturday night or who's having sex with whom. >> but a lot of kids are not going to tell their parents in that list that you just mentioned where they are. they might withhold that informatio >> well, they might, but if you have an open relationship with your teen and you have a negotiation and you say, i need to feel that you're safe saturday night, so we need to talk about where you are, teens realize that when they can do that and when you can have a trusting relationship, they actually get more freedom than less. >> what about the parent who says, and i totally understand this as well, i want to know what your friends are doing, because that is a reflection on you as well. if yours friends are into bad stuff, i don't really want you with that group. >> well, it's interesting, because parents usually overestimate the degree of peer pressure. in fact, there's a new study that came out that showed that as well. just because your teen is hanging out with other teens who are doing "bad things" doesn't mean that your teen is. it's a very important thing to know. >> so, how do you balance that, between being the good parent
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who allows kids some privacy and respects that with being the informed parent who's on top of the situation before it develops into something bad? >> well, that's very important. you have to stay atune to your teen. and when you spend time with your teen and really listen to your teen, you're in a great position to monitoring what's going on. you're seeing how they're performing in school and their extracurricular activities, and you're seeing if there are any changes in mood, attitude, behavior, eating and sleeping patterns that could be red flags for trouble. if you're not seeing any of those things, it's a way of reassuring your self that things are okay. >> you have some tips for parents who are trying to get their kids to be more forthcoming, and your number one tip ison't freak out when they tell you something. >> absolutely not. kids hate that. it really makes them clam up. you know, there's so much drama in their own lives, they really need their parents to be the voices of reason, particularly when they're having problems. >> then you also say avoid snooping. is there any time when you think it's okay? >> well, i really think it's important for parents to know that trust is a two-way street. so, i advise them to think long and hard before snooping. only when it's a matter of
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health and safety and only after they've really tried other avenues of getting information, because they don't want to jeopardize that relationship. >> and when your child does open up to you, be careful, you say, how quickly you give advice and how much advice you give them. >> oh, absolutely, because if you cut off the conversation just by giving advice prematurely, then you're not giving your teen a chance to really think through the problems on their own, and also, you know what they think? they think, oh, my parents think they have to solve my problems because they don't have any confidence in me. so, it's better to say, for example, you know, i have some ideas about that, are you interested in hearing them? >> and one of the most interesting thoughts in all of this is that a lot of parents go, why aren't my kids being forthcoming, but partly it's because parents are preoccupied, not giving them their attention. >> absolutely. that's the number one complaint i hear from teens, my parents aren't listening to me. i tell parents, put away your iphone, don't look at your blackberry when your kids are talking to you. give them the full attention. listen respectfully. >> thank you, dr. roni
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cohen-sandler. just ahead, we'll hit the ice with figure skater and olympic hopeful sasha cohen. our time now is 8:26, cloudy skies here in the nation's capital. 28 degrees out there, very cold. good morning to you, i'm joe krebs. we have the forecast coming up in the news4 today, the redskins hope their new head coach is in town right now. former broncos coach and two-time super bowl winner, mike shanahan, flew in yesterday. he's been meeting with skins owner and if he's hired, he would become the seventh head coach hired by owner dan
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good morning, we've had a few flurries coming through this morning. just to the east of washington and southern maryland. we may have a few more later on today, it will be partly to mostly cloudy, highs reaching the mid 30s with a blustery northwest wind. flus a few more flurries tonight, tomorrow, partly to mostly cloudy and cold gab. how's the traffic, jerry? >> university boulevard, right side of the inner loop, left site. outer loop, virginia, northbound
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and southbound, moving pretty well. no accidents to report. we'll be watching for the midday road work. joe? >> we'll be back with more news, weather and traffic, but for now, back to "the toda
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8:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's the 5th day of january 2010. another enthusiastic crowd here in chilly rockefeller plaza. happy to have them stop by. we have been checking conditions all morning long in fulton, new york, near oswego and syracuse.
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it's been snowing there for nine straight days. four feet on the ground, or around that. and as you can see, continuing to snow this morning. >> mm-hmm. >> great thing is there used to be a nestle's chocolate plant there, and you'd get up in the morning and step outside and it was like a nice hot chocolate. >> it would be nice to pour some hot chocolate -- >> or maple syrup would be nice. >> as long as the snow is white. >> thanks for going there, ann. >> exactly. do you guys realize that the olympics is only 38 days away? >> can't believe that. >> how crazy is that? you know, one of the major focuses of the winter games is going to be the figure skating. >> that's right. >> and we've got a glimpse this morning of sasha cohen. >> we'll catch up with silver medalist sasha cohen, who stepped away from competitive skating in 2006. she's now on the comeback trail. we're going to talk it her about her chances of representing team usa in vancouver. no matter how talented you are, and she is, that doesn't guarantee you a place on the team. >> on the team.
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>> you've got to make the team. >> wow, look at that. speaking of making the team, are you ready to put on your tokes and -- >> tokes? >> the chef hats -- >> i never knew that word. i thought you said totes. >> martha stewart is going to put us to work, show us how to make four healthy, quick meals. >> there's another meaning of the word toke -- >> why would you go with toking in the scene. okay, this is a good opportunity to say, you know, tonight, another season of nbc's hit "the biggest loser" kicks off with the heaviest cast ever. bob harper is the trainer on that show. >> hey, bob. >> bob, happy new year. >> nice to see you. >> hey, bob, nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too. >> bob -- >> it's freezing here! >> it is freezing here. with the heaviest cast ever, i've got to start by asking this question, how heavy is too heavy? are you starting to get nervous? jillian gave an interview, i understand, where she says she's starting to worry about some of these contestants and their size and the risk to them.
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>> i've got to tell you, they have to go through so many medical and psychological exams before they come on to the show. we get them going through every kind of test before they go on to the show. yes, they are very heavy. we have our largest contestant ever, 526 pounds, but this guy was knocking on death's door. i feel like we didn't get him a moment's too soon. >> and is that michael, here with his mom maria? >> yes. >> what can you tell us about them as a couple, those two? >> unbelievable mother and son. michael, he works so hard. imagine carrying around that much weight and having to go through what we put them through. this guy is just like, he is breaking records right now. he looks unbelievable already. >> and this season, it is all about couples, right? >> all about couples. >> 22 contestants, 11 couples. >> yes. >> you've got twin brothers, james and john. >> yes. >> weighing in at almost half a ton? >> almost, yes, it's almost 1,000 pounds for the two of them. >> wow. >> that's scary. >> i mean, it's like, you know, i'm just so thankful we work on "the biggest loser" because we get these people that are too big and we get to, like, get them back in shape and get them
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healthy. >> how do they get to that size? i mean -- >> well, of course it's much re psychological than they just like donuts or pizza and that's why jillian and i like to get to the heart of the matter, get into their heads and try to help them as much as we possibly can help them. >> and talking about that, you have sam and koli from samoa, and you're suggesting -- >> they're unbelievable. >> -- their culture has something to do with it. >> exactly. they can lose weight and their family is like, you look too thin, eat, eat, eat. i'm just like, no, don't eat too much. hold on a second. >> you've got your work cut out for you. >> thank you. >> "the biggest loser" couples premieres tonight 8:00/7:00 central time -- >> it's hard to talk when it's cold. >> bob, thank you very much. >> mr. roker. >> i like bob's coat. it's kind kind well, let's look at the few
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flurries, now passing to the east and south of washington, moving to the southeast on gusty northwest winds, they'll continue to pass on through, perhaps from time to time later on today. right now, our temperatures are certainly below freezing, we're still holding steady in the mid to upper 20s. 28 in washington, highs today in the mid 30s and a few more >> that's your latest weather. now, here's meredith! >> thank you so much, al. up next, we're going to help martha stewart cook up four healthy meals in four minutes. yeah, right. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on "martha on today," we're talking about some
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harty mes that are healthy, too. martha stewart is here with four meals that are big in flavor, light on the calories, all straight from the pages of the january-february issue of "everyday food." martha stewart, happy holidays. happy new year. >> happy holidays, yes. >> nice to see you. >> it's great to be back. >> we're making four meals in four minutes. you can't do that. then i read the recipes and these are nice and simple. >> they are. they are as simple as can be. and, well, all of you guys look so great. you've all done your thing already before the new year. you've lost all that weight and you all look healthy, but this is to keep it off and this is to keep healthy. and start the new year off right. >> let's start with this one. this one sounds good and tastes good. >> yes. >> ground turkey and you wrap it in lettuce leaves. >> yes, and this is so simple. this is stir-fry. so, we he shallots and cloves of garlic, finally minced. fresh ginger, one small jalapeno just for that little bit of -- >> kick? >> -- kick. i just got back from thailand. a lot of good kick in that food. >> okay. >> stir that up and add one pound of ground turkey.
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now, have your butcher grind the turkey so that -- >> okay. this is going to cook quickly, although with turkey, you have to make sure that it does actually cook. >> definitely. and stir-fry this all together. now, you can make the sauce for me. >> okay. >> it's soy sauce and sugar and a little bit of nompla. right in this bowl. do you know what nompla is? >> why would you -- >> that's stinky sauce. >> that's terrible smelling. >> that's great, though. that's the secret sauce that the thais love. >> we're in a rush for time -- >> wrap that into here. >> i'll do that while you move on to ann. >> and squeeze little lime. >> i will. >> now, salmon is great to eat when you're trying to stay healthy and we have parchment paper. >> yes, string beans, salt and pepper on top, a little bit of lemon zest. we have lemon peel, just zested like that, and some keepers. a few of those on top. >> looks very simple and not very much oil. nope. roll that up. a little tiny bit --
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>> how much? >> oh, just like that much. >> okay. wow, this is going to be very low-cal. >> yes. and actually, of all of these, this has the most calories, but it's the biggest piece of fish. >> it's 360, i read. now, how do you do this, twist like this? oh, like a party favor. >> put it on a baking sheet and bake it for 15 minutes. it will puff up, open up and this is the gorgeous thing that you have. >> do you serve it in that? >> fantastic. >> now, i have polenta with pairingus and mushrooms. what is polenta again? >> it's cornmeal. >> cornmeal. >> it's a very tasty and delicious substitute for pasta or for rice. >> you make your own, or -- >> oh, yeah. you make your own. it's just -- polenta is ground cornmeal mixed with water, salt and paper. terrific. >> now, mushrooms have been sauteing. that's the secret, these tasty, tasty mushrooms -- >> sauteing in -- >> a little bit of olive oil. this is the only big calories -- >> cream. >> now, there's no butter on
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this whole table, by the way. >> okay, good. >> just olive oil. >> but it says cream. >> two tablespoons only. >> which is what this is. >> stir that in. gives it a little bit of flavor. now, you have the sauce and pepper on the polenta here. the asparagus is all roasting at the same time in the same offensivenen. just a drizzle of olive oil, into a 400-degree oven -- >> for? >> for about ten minutes. look at this. >> and dump these on top. >> these go on top and that's your dish. >> 216 calories. good deal. >> now, you each have a dish to take -- >> beef rolls. fabulous. what kind of beef is this? >> this is a top round slice. you put one piece of pepper jack -- >> okay. >> and some sauteed onions and peppers. >> mm-hmm. >> a nice colorful mix of red and orange peppers. that looks pretty, don't you think? >> oh, yeah. >> yeah. then just roll that up. oh, salt and pepper. don't forget little bit of salt and pepper. the seasoning's important when you're making these -- sorry -- these very simple dishes. and notice we' not using
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anything too complicated, no unusual herbs, nothing that is going to be hard to find. roll that up. now, when you saute this in just a little olive oil, make sure after you're finished, take the toothpicks out. >> ah, that's right. >> don't eat the toothpicks. >> a little unwanted fiber. and then -- >> and see, in about six minutes, they are done. >> look at that. >> great. >> and here, you can take one out. that's done. put it right over here and i'll show you -- you have to remove the toothpicks. you have to findthem. >> here's one. >> here's one. and then slice this up and serve this. what do you think? >> excellent, martha. >> isn't it tasty? >> although the fish taste in the turkey -- >> the nompla? you don't like -- >> i'm teasing you. it's great. >> only 246 calories. >> i know. and this one -- >> 225. >> -- is 225 per roll. >> it's delicious. >> wow, that is something. >> take a hot one. and this is all very, very good. this is all from their "everyday food" magazine. >> and it takes about 30
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minutes -- >> yeah, and your families will eat well and simply and you will be a hero. >> and we should mention, if you would like these recipes for healthy meals, you can head to martha, as always, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> what is that called again? >> nompla. >> nompla. >> attractive. >> up next, meredith talks to figure skater sasha
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this morning on "today's countdown to vancouver," sasha cohen. for nearly a decade, she has been one of the biggest stars of women's figure skating, winning the silver medal at the 2006 games. and she is trying hard once again, hoping to win a spot on team usa in vancouver. ♪ four, three, two, one, go, baby, go, baby, go ♪ >> reporter: this is how sasha
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cohen is spending her days now, training, hoping to make her third olympic team. after winning a silver medal in 2006, she stepped away from competitive skating. then last spring announced she was coming back. but she has not competed in almost four year >> and there. right. >> you had two pretty major international competitions this season. you pulled out of both at the last minute. what happened? >> it was very frustrating. you know, i've had injuries, and that's a part of the sport, but you know, you have to be smart and take care of them when they're there and respect your goals are nationals, to make the olympic team and then go to the olympics in february. i try to see the big picture ♪ >> reporter: the olympic team will be named after this month's figure skating championships. how's it going to feel to step out on the ice and face the judges, really for the first time in four years? >> every time you go out, no matter if you've done it 50 times that year or not at all, you're nervous. everyone's like, aren't you
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worried about this and aren't you worried about that? and it's like, you know, there's so much to worry about, you know, there's not time. there's not space for all that worry, you know? i focus on the positive and what i want to accomplish and what i want to do. >> reporter: one edge she has over her competitors is olympic experience. in 2002 at age 17, sasha made her olympic debut with an impressive fourth-place finish. >> gorgeous. >> hi, gene, all my teachers, hi, grandma and grandpa, anyone else i forgot. >> so, like, so young, just like, la, la, my goodness. it's my first big international competition, and it was incredible. i got to sit next to the president in opening ceremonies. it's le the whole world just lights up. it's like being in times square. all of a sudden, you're just like, whoa. incredible amount of energy focused at you. >> and then four years later you're in torino. you did a short program there.
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that was fantastic. >> it was just, you know, being feisty and, you know, believing and being determined and doing the best tha i could. >> there's no greater burden than having potential, and boy, that burden was lifted tonight. >> reporter: as the leader entering the states, doubt crept in and her jumps cost sasha the goal. do you replay those jumps in your head now or have you moved on from that? >> no, i've let it go. i've tried to learn in life, you know, when you look back, you analyze what is helpful and then what is, you know, making yourself just feel bad and regret -- if i keep spending all my time in yesterday, you know, i won't live here and now and >> how have you been skating? >> i've been skating -- my goodness, i've been skating 18 years. >> 18 years. >> yeah. >> and never gotten tired of it? >> there's always been moments. i'm not going to lie. it's not been easy. you need a little break. but then something starts to happen and you miss it. there's something about being
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out there in the bright lights and breathing in that cold ice rink air and that everybody watching you that makes you feel alive. >> reporter: that gave me chills, and since we were on the ice at chelsea pier -- okay, i'm ready. i'll follow you. i wanted to skate. sasha is known for her amazing spirals, so she said she'd teach me to do one. how did you g it all the way up there, though? oh, my -- >> many, many years of stretching. i recommend to take a hot bath and then try to do the splits while you watch tv or something. and extend -- >> geez, ow! geez. can you do the other leg, too? >> not as high, but i can do the other leg, too. >> oh, that's what i did on my leg. >> it's good to keep even, so it's good to stretch both sides. >> reporter: sasha said we had to leave the boards. she showed m a perfect spiral. >> oh, sure. that's going to happen, sasha. in your dreams.
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then had me try one. whoa, whoa, whoa. i wasn't awful. >> there you go. there you go. you might be sore. >> i might be sore? i definitely could benefit from more stretching. ow. >> oh, that's a nice face there. >> that's a really attractive end shot. i was terrible! >> no. >> no, i was. just don't lie. let's make a pact that in 2010- >> she said years of stretching for her. >>- we won't lie. was i terrible? i knew it. okay. sasha and the rest of team usa hopefuls head to spokane, washington, next week for the at&t u.s. figure skating championships. universal sports coverage begins on january 15th with extensive coverage on nbc starting the following day. of course, the opening ceremony of the winter olympics is on february 12th. we'll be back in a moment. this i "today" on nbc. i finally shut you up. i'm so happy.
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back now at 8:52 with the struggle for millions of women, to balance a career and family. mika brzezkinski, wife and mother of two and co-host of msnbc's "morning joe" offers practical advice in an honest, new memoir, "all things at once." mika, good morning. nice to see you. >> practical advice for a precautionary tale. depends on how you reader. >> although i was talking to a producer last night who read the book, found herself in a similar situation. >> really? >> it spoke to her.
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who were you trying to reach here, other women? >> yeah, and you know, i've spoken to a lot of young women breaking into the business and other high-profile or other high-energy businesses, and certain pieces of advice that i would give would make their eyes pop out of their heads. i would say things like, listen, if you want to have a family, don't forget to get married, don't put that off. and they're thinking, why is she saying that? and they don't hear that anywhere. >> i think -- i don't have a lot of time to go into your background, but suffice it to say that you came from a driven background, successful parents who pushed you and your siblings to be successful and participate. were you an overachieving, a classic overachiever? >> well, in that family, i was the runt, but we were pushed to have goals and to have an identity and to have interests and to pursue them and achieve them. >> which sounds like a good thing, but it can also become a burden, and when you got into the workforce and started out in what is a high-pressure career in television, did you always have your priorities straight? >> yes, but i think the priorities and the messages that
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i received as a child became too much and i took them all on all at the same time, and you can have all these things in life and you can retarget your goals, but i was scrambling to do sometimes too much, too soon, all at once. >> you wanted to please, you wanted to succeed -- >> i wanted to please everybody. >> and you wanted to be a wife and mother, and you tell a story in the book about working crazy hours, an overnight shift in television news. you were exhausted. >> yes. >> and you've got your 4-month-old daughter in your arms, and out of pure exhaustion, you fell down, what was it, three flights of stairs? >> it was a large, one long flight of stairs, and she broke her leg. >> and that would be, i would imagine, a light bulb moment for a lot of people. some people might say i'm quitting work. >> i did say that. >> and yet, you didn't. >> i didn't. my husband actually said this is not how you should quit. we should do things right, take six months, try and find a job that balances everything a little better. >> take a step back.
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>> well, he actually wanted to see me at least try and do this right and not quit in that shape, in that form. >> but is that what you wanted? strange that your husband would want that. whatbout you, what'd you want? >> well, i didn't know what i wanted at that point because i was pretty upset about what happened and i blamed myself and i do to this day, but what we did was we tried to do things right and i did find a job that balanced a little better small children, a career, and a marriage. >> so, the message is that you can still be all things and have all things -- >> yes. >> you just can't have all things at the same time? >> well, and also -- yes, but even more, know your value. i rushed back to work because i didn't know my value, because i thought, oh, my gosh, i've got to get back, i've got to get back on the air or cbs -- >> they're not going to want mae. >> they're not going to want me anymore. well, my body was telling me something else and i didn't listen because i didn't know my value, and there is a very, very important message about sticking to it but knowing your value so you make the right decisions along the way. >> and you comment in the book about never letting a job become a bad boyfriend. >> yes. >> i'm hoping that "morning joe"
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is a good boyfriend right now in five seconds. >> the kind of a gray day, a cold day, we'll get the forecast coming up. good morning, i'm joe krebs. and in the news4 today, the new year could bring new problems for metro riders. the agency will recommend a series of proposed service cuts this week. all part of a plan to make up for a $40 million budget shortfall. the cuts could mean longer wait times between trains and buses and more crowded conditions. defense contractor northrop grumman has announced it's making the move to the washington, d.c. area. the company announced it will move its corporate offices to l.a. to be closer to its key government customers. the move is expected to be completed by 2011. northrop executives say they're considering the district, as well as suburban sites in maryland and virginia.
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we'll take a break and come back and look at weather and traffic.
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r. temperatures around the region still in the upper 20s. we'll have highs today in the mid 30s, maybe a few flurries,
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otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy. still blustery and cold, as well as overnight tonight into tomorrow. a few flurries late tonight. during the day, partly cloudy on wednesday, highs in the upper 30s. jerry, how's, the traffic. >> interstate 66 route 50 headed for the roosevelt bridge, pretty loaded up. we haven't had any incidents to report getting across the bridge at this hour. elsewhere, wilson bridge moving along nicely. a bunch of trouble up on the bw parkway, a broken-down vehicle, and it should be cleared. green belt on down, expect some delays. we'll be back with more news, weather and traffic in 25 minutes. now back to the "today show."
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we're back now with more of "today" on this tuesday morning, the 5th of january, 2010. as has been our habit for the last half hour or so, we start r live shot with a shot of fulton, new york, in the upstate where they have received four feet of snow on the ground. i guilted our own jeff rossen into doing some shoveling. >> finally. >> he finally got the message and he's out there helping some homeowners. jeff, how's it feel? >> reporter: manual labor, matt. usually, i'm used to just getting you coffee in the morning. this is the most manual labor
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i've done in a long time. >> well, you're doing very well. you really are. just remember, use your legs, okay? >> that's right. >> and you know, you might want to do the door for them. >> reporter: there you go. >> because they can't get out of the house until you get there. >> reporter: i know. have you seen that? look at this. >> we've seen jeff's report. he's done some shoveling before, so he's used to this. >> oh, man! >> that just means we love you, jeff. >> jeff, by the way, those people aren't home. anyway, we'll check with them a little lar. >> they're on vacation, somewhere in tropical weather. >> exactly. out on the plaza in new york city, matt lauer along with natalie morales and al roker. >> so mean. >> and truth in advertising, our large crowd has dwindled to a hardy dozen or so. >> a real hardy dozen. good job, guys. >> this woman is here because she's stuck to the ground. that's how cold it is here. anyway, coming up, barbara corcoran. i love this segment. she scoured the country for the best real estate deals. she's going to talk about some houses that i think angeles than
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$100,000. >> top ten places again. >> amazing. that's a lot of house for that. >> that's right. only fifth day of the new year. of course, top of everybody's list is eating more healthy, trying to get in shape. david zinczenko is here, the man behind "eat this, not that." he's going to show us some healthy and inexpensive ways -- in fact, he agrees -- inexpensive wavenys to eat righn the new year. plus, tiger woods revealed. this morning we're getting a first look at some never-before-seen photos in "vanity fair" this morning, causing quite a stir of tiger woods. we'll show you that and sort through all the divorce rumors. >> these taken by annie leibovitz, an amazing photographer. before we go any further, let's go insidto ann at the news desk. >> good morning once again, matt, and all of you this morning. airline terrorism dominates president obama's schedule today. he is to meet with top security and intelligence officials, then announce new safeguards. meantime, this was supposed to be the day for enhanced
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screening for travelers heading to the united states, but there is some evidence that some countries have been slow to make the changes. it is another bone-chilling day of bitter cold from nebraska to florida in the northeast, to the northeast, and in some places, deep snow is adding to the problems. let's now go back to nbc's jeff rossen in fulton, new york, for details on this. hey, jeff, good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. i stopped shoveling for a minute to tell you about this. you know, they're used to big snowstorms in upstate new york, but nothing like this. it's been three years since they've seen this much snow, 52 inches in the past nine days. and it has not stopped snowing since just after christmas, ann. you know, the problem here is that it keeps on drifting around and the problem is also the cold, not only here in the east, but in the midwest and in the south as well. i know, it's winter, but even for january this is cold and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to
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freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're planning to move, you've got to deal with it as best as you can. >> well, by the end of six da, i'll be glad for it to go. i'll be ready for some warm weather again. >> reporter: what's so striking is how widespread this is. today, more than half the country, 35 states, will see temperatures well below average. schools are closed across arkansas. ice jams are flooding neighborhoods near chicago. and there is frostbite in fargo. this teenager went outside barefoot. you can't do that when it's below zero. just ask the weather channel's mike seidel in minneapolis. >> reporter: with the wind hitting this side of my face and that 25-below-zero windchill, it felt like somebody had a propane torch right here. the whole side of my face was on fire. it was burning and cracking. and as i inhaled, i could feel ice crystals forming on the edge of my nose. >> reporter: in florida, the citrus crops are in danger of frosting. >> it's the worst year i've seen as a professional. it was 17 degrees in arcadia for
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eight or nine hours, which is devastating. >> reporter: think that's bad? try getting married on the beach like this couple in sarasota. seemed like a good idea when ey planned it. >> i didn't think i would be any more ready to just get the wedding over with, and i was wrong because it's so cold. so -- >> it should look good in the pictures, though. >> reporter: yeah, that's what he cares about, the pictures. it is picturesque, of curourse, until you have to live in this. i'm not standing right now, ann, in a snow drift or a big pile of snow. this is actually somebody's front lawn. once again, 52 inches on the ground here in fulton, new york, ann, and there is more expected today. >> well, get out of it as soon as you can, jeff. thanks so much for your report this morning. >> reporter: thanks, ann. in alabama, mailed envelopes containing white powder triggered scares in five cities on monday and shut down two federal courthouses. no one was injured. the letters were sent to offices of senators and congressmen. the letters tested negative for anthrax. a united airlines pilot pleaded guilty today in britain for showing up for a flight from
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london to chicago above the alcohol limit for pilots. irwin washington of lakewood, colorado, was arrested last november just minutes before his flight. he will be sentenced next month. and the secret service says that there is a third uninvited guest at a white house state dinner in november in addition to tareq and michaele salahi. officials say an uninvited man arrived at the dinner with the indian delegation. the secret service says the man did not get close to the president or the first lady. it is now six minutes past the hour. let's go back outside to matt and al. >> i'll do it quickly. here's al. >> thank you very much. let's take a look, show you what's going on. go to the maps. thank you. jet stream mode! new arctic outbreak coming in. jet stream is well down to the south. even florida, as jeff mentioned, causing some big problems. for today you can see temperatures in the teens and 20s, well below zero up in the plains. for tomorrow, those zero and below readings spread out and start working their way east and south so that by the
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good morning, it is mostly cloudy, and still quite cold, with a blustery northwest wind. we've had a few flurries passing through this morning. at this hour, they're dissipated, still a few lingering flurries in southern maryland and temperatures hovering in the mid and upper 20s. 29 in washington, mid 30s today. maybe a few more tlurs or a passing snowshower later today or overnight. blustery winds may continue into tomorrow, highs on wednesday, a bit milder. thursday, into the mid 30s. >> that's your latest weather. now back to natalie. >> i'll take it. thank you, al. well, tiger woods still nowhere to be found, but this morning, a newly released photo shows the golfing great as you've never seen him before. nbc's peter alexander has the details. peter, good morning. >> natalie, good morning to you. it is undoubtedly the most revealing photo we have ever seen of tiger woods. it was shot four years ago but is only now being released for
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the first time. here he is, as you will see, bare-chested, pumping iron, certainly a far cry from the family-friendly image that helped him become an international icon. it's an intimate view of tig woods that most of his fans have never seen. the embattled superstar, usually sporting polo shirts, stripped down for celebrity photographer annie leibovitz, looking more like a bodybuilder than a champion golfer. >> it does not help him, but on the flip side, maybe it's new image for tiger. you know, that squeaky clean image was not him. >> reporter: the racy photo shoot took place in january of 2006, long before woods acknowledged breaking his marriage vows to wife elin. the raw and unguarded look at go's biggest star published for the first time in february's edition of "vanity fair." as leibovitz told the magazine's website, "tiger is an iensely competitive athlete and quite serious about his sport. i wanted to reveal that in these photos and to show his incredible focus and dedication." woods' wife elin, on the other hand, has apparently dedicated
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herself to the couple's two kids, spotted this saturday pulling 2-year-old daughter samantha and 10-month-old son charlie in a red wagon outside the family's windermere, florida, mansion. >> elin, we support you! >> elin had just returned from celebrating her 30th birthday in a luxurious french ski chateau with family and friends, but without tiger. >> forgive him. >> reporter: she's reportedly contemplating divorce. one british tabloid even claims elin has hired a private investigator to find out just how much money her husband is really worth. after reportedly joking at friends that her christmas present from him was $300 million. roughly half what he earned in the time they were together. >> she may be entitled to half of it. she's not only been a good wife, but she's been a humiliad wife. the pi should be able to follow the money trail. he's not in any elicit business. it's all there. >> reporter: woods' fortune is already taking a hit. after five years together, at&t
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recently announced its separation from the tarnished star. >> the reality is, he's got one shot to do a mea culpa and say i am sorry, i realize i ruined my life. i'm going to do whatever it takes to get it right, but there can't be any more shoes dropping afterwards. >> reporter: meanwhile, woods is getting some unsolicited advice about redemption from fox news anchor rick. >> the extent to which he can recover seems to me based on his faith. he's said to be a buddhist. i don't think that faith offers forgiveness and redemption like the christian faith, so my message would be, tiger, turn to the christian faith and you can make a total recovery. >> reporter: nearly six weeks since his bizarre accident, woods' whereabouts are just as mysterious as the crash itself. depending which celebrity blog you read, tiger woods is on a boat in the bahamas, in rehab in arizona for sex addiction, on the florida coast with one of his mistresses or in new york city enjoying new years. and the latest possible tiger den, africa. tmz reports immediately after
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the accident woods said he was off to a friend's estate in africa to escape from public view. so, we know there has been at least one confirmed tiger sighting since th. nbc news has learned just four days after his crash, the florida highway patrol met woods and his lawyer at an undisclosed location in orlando to deliver his ticket and to see if he had any injuries that might not be consistent with that traffic accident. natalie? >> all right, peter alexander, thank you. and with some insight and more on the new photo and the woods marriage, i'm joinedy courtney hazlett, who writes "the scoop" column on and robi ludwig is a psychotherapist. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> courtney, let's talk about that photo first for the cover of "vanity fair," photos taken by annie leibovitz inside, a tiger woods like we've never seen before, shirtless, glaring into the camera. people are saying this is the side of tiger that none of us really knew. were there glimpses into this personality? >> there were definitely glimpses into this personality. even when those photos were taken in 2006.
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tiger woods is the type of golfero elusive his entire career. he was a master at a press conference, talk for 20 minutes and say absolutely nothing. the tiger we all knew has been there all along, and the fact that "vanity fair" has photos shot in 2006 seems to -- >> i'm wondering why now. >> -- seem to answer that question. this is a very elusive man with more than one side to him. >> and yesterday we were talking about the marriage and elin, there were photos of her taken over the new year's eve holiday and s was seen wearing her ring out on a european vacation in the alps. now there's some questions as to whether or not that's her twin sister. whether you're wearing the wedding ring or not -- >> she is very focused on the perception in public. and what a great time to have a twin. she says she's working on it. sources close to the family say they're not ruling out a reconciliation, making a way in their lives to have this
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marriage work. so, if those are rings, it's a very clear message. >> all right. and robi, speaking of reports of reconciliation, one can't even begin to imagination what's going through elin's mind right now -- >> right. >> but in your work with counseling with couples who have gone through infidelity and all that -- >> well, couples can work through that. >> given that, this is multiple infidelities and it was clear that tiger had some sort of relationship that was beyond sexual with them. >> right. >> what does that tell you about their marriage? >> well, it's very difficult. and also, she must feel so humiliated. and i think when a wife, especially in public, it's revealed that her husband is cheating multiple times, the woman doesn't want to feel like a door mat, but this is what we know abouteople who cheat multiple times. they usually have a flaw in their character and they want what they want when they want it, and usually, cheating works for them on some psychological level. so, it's much harder for that kind of person to stop. having said that, if you're motivated to make a change a be in a marriage in a very different kind of way, people do do it, or in some cases, they
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can't, and the wives of high-profile men say, you know what, being a mrs. tiger woods is like a job and this is part of my job, to deal with a person who does this and i'll deal with perks in the relationship in a different kind of way. >> can the marriage be saved, then, having said all of that? is that one of those things where it is partly a job? >> well, in part, and marriage is in part like a job. but if she can understand where her husband is coming from and he can be a little bit more transparent and be willing to reveal what he's doing so that he is a more trustworthy type of person, they can get through this and weave this into the story of their lives, but it depends on what kind of marriage they both want to have. >> i was going to say, you have to know the foundation of their marriage to begin with. >> that's true. >> or whether he just married her as a facade to support this persona. >> right. >> right when tiger was winning his first career grand slam, when the announcers speak about his achievements, they would say all that's missing is a family,
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something to ground him. there were messages that didn't have to do with golf being put out there. and you have to wonder, like you said, part of the big picture. >> we're out of time now, but we'll be following up. courey hazlett, robi ludwig, thank you both. coming up, helping your high school seniors stand out from the pack during the all-important college interview. but up next, the top ten cities to find real estate bargains, right after this. you're sad. you have no energy. maybe you feel guilty or anxious, changes in weight, sleep, and appetite, and the aches and pains. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a prescription medication that treats many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk.
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♪ this morning on "today's real estate," buying a home doesn't have to break the bank. you've heard it before, now's the time to buy, but if you have no idea where to begin, well, "today's" real estate expert, who else? barbara corcoran is here with her top ten cities to find the best value. barbara, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> now, your criteria is very instructive, because not only were you looking at size and value, which are some of the things we would normally look at, you also looked at factors like job growth and also where home prices have increased in the past year. that's interesting. >> well, they're very important factors. everyone likes to get a good deal on a house, a cheap price, but if you're buying in a market where it's still falling, it doesn't make sense, or in a market where you can't get a job or a good school. so, these are each places that fill out that criteria. >> thanks for doing all the homework for us -- >> my pleasure. >> -- because you've found ten cities with great bargains. first in south bend, indiana, for just $89,000. >> and prices have been rising steadily for almost a full year now. >> the median price. >> and still, the median price is only half of what it is in
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the rest of the nation. that's an enormous difference, a lot of house for the dollars, and the cost of living is a whopping 29% lower than anywhere else. >> a three-bedroom victorian. how much is that going for? >> pretty, pretty, pretty. that's $90,000. a creampuff of a house, in great condition. >> wow. moving on to akron, ohio, you also like this area. the median price there is 10% less than its 2007 peak, so there are deals to be had. >> there are deals to be had and it's not the old rubber capital of the world akron used to be known as. very importantly, they have research, financial and high-tech businesses moving in and jobs are easy to get in akron. >> and this house, $108,000. >> a beautiful cape house for only $108,000. that is one big house, and again, in mint condition. >> topeka, kansas, is also on your list, and home prices there have held relatively steady. >> yes, they have, and unlike everywhere else, prices have not gone down by more than 1%. go figure that one out. but also, the unemployment is only 6% here and it's great family area and that's a
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beautiful two-bedroom cape, only $115,000. >> and there's nothing wrong with it. >> nothing wrong with it. it's pretty on the outside and pretty on the inside. >> also deals in new haven, connecticut. >> new haven, connecticut, people think of it as an expensive area. this is $150,000 for a 1,600-square-foot colonial with a brand new kitchen. and yale there is the largest employer, but it's also this town attracted over $1 billion in investments in the last year from high-tech firms. again, a booming community that's about to spert into a new growth cycle. >> another community you like is tucson, arizona, and because in arizona so many homes have gone into foreclosure. >> well, arizona's been hit the hardest with foreclosures. that's always bad news until you're coming out of them, and that's exactly where tucson is now. the foreclosures for the most part are behind it, the city is reinventing itself. at one time, 1 in 93 households were in foreclosure. that's not the way anymore and the population there is growing aggressively. over a million people live in tucson. it's a great city to be in. >> three-bedroom home, you like
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a lot. >> pueblo style. people like it or don't, but there people love it. >> minneapolis, minnesota, you like as well. prices there have been rising for three quarters, still 20% off their 2006 peak. why is minneapolis on your list? >> well, this particular house is two blocks from an award-winning private school as well as public school, so you have your choice. this is a mint condition house, a starter home, but you'd better like snow and your kids better like it because they get 50 inches a year. >> okay. portland, maine, also snow there. >> snowy, but belie it or not not quite as much, and portland is ranked as one of the safest and culturally fascinating places in the u.s. the people there are friendly, hard-working, hard-playing, great cultural life, music scene happening there. this, again, is a beautiful little house for a young family. >> still deals in miami. >> of course, miami. people think why buy there? i'll give you a few reasons why miami, now is the time.
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first off, in this particular house, it looks like a small house. it's not. don't judge it by its cover. it's a four-bedroom with french doors, ceramic tile floors. a year ago in miami, prices were 42% off the high of a few years ago and now only 24% off the high. so, what's happening is this market is recovering and recovering fast. great time to buy a house there. >> even in kingston, new york, just a couple hours outside of the city. >> very much so and very north of here. this looks a little bit like a plain jane house again on the outside, but it's totally refinished on the inside. and jobs are very easy here because they're only at 7%, the unemployment rate. >> lastly -- boy, you're talking fast -- trenton, new jersey. >> trenton, new jersey, has the good neighborhoods and the bad neighborhoods. i like trenton because it's halfway between philly and new york, and if you want to put your cash down on the next up-and-coming area, this is a great city to do it in. so, if you're a risk-taker, trenton, new jersey. and look at this house. u get 4 1/2 baths, 7 bedrooms for only $289,000.
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coming up, helping your high school senior prepare for those college interviews. plus, cook this, not that. dave zinczenko with healthy inexpensive meals. ring ring ring ring progresso. hi. we love your weight watchers endorsed soups but my husband looks the way he did 20 years ago.
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the team's locker room. he met yesterday with federal prosecutors and the d.c. police. their investigation was prompted by the report that arenas and a teammate drew guns on each other during an argument last month. we'll take a break and come back for the weather and traffic.
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good morning, temperatures around the region are near the upper 20s to near 30 degrees, highs in the mid 30s today. maybe a few passing flurries. partly sunny, breezy and cold. tomorrow, still blustery and cold, with highs in the upper 30s. and maybe a little lit snow late thursday night into early friday. jerry, how's the traffic. >> in arlington, a water main break has developed eastbound on wilson boulevard near jackson street in the eastbound lanes currently blocked.
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crews getting started on taking care of that. a quick check, 95, looking good. joe? >> we'll be back with more news, weather and traffic in 25 minutes. now back to the "today show" after we take a short break.
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♪ so, if you, like a lot of people, vow to lose weight in the new year, and you need a little inspiration, maybe these people can help you, because each one of them has lost half their body weight, dropping nearly 500 pounds combined, all without surgery or pills. we're going to hear their stories and reveal their new looks tomorrow here on "today." congratulations to all of them. >> wow. and speaking about getting
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healthy, our friend david zinczenko is here with healthy ideas. >> you may remember him from the "eat this, not that" series, helping us out. now he's put together a collection of healthy and budget-conscious recipes, plus the five things everybody should have in their pantry. >> those look like chicken fingers. i'm not sure they're healthy, but we'll find out. >> they're the healthy version. also, it's crunch time for high school seniors when it comes to getting into college, so applications need to be done or done soon. but for most people, the daunting part is getting ready for the interviews. so we have someone in the house to help us through that, coming up. also coming up later, piers morgan, the judge from "america's got talent" and britain's got talent," which found, among others, susan boyle, is here sitting in for kathie lee all week. he's always a lot of fun ooms. >> yeah, i like him. also, now, we've got a check of the weather with al. >> that's right.
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>> happy 50th birthday over here, and the tirabaschis are here. for today, we've got the lake-effect snow machine cranking out, bringing the snow through the great lakes, as far south as maryland. we're basically looking at three to six inches of snow. generally, one inch. some areas may pick up little bit more. got a big storm track coming across, bringing big problems as we move into thursday, friday and coming into all that cold air, bringing snow showers from the mid-atlantic states all the way up into new england. basically, three to six inches of snow. a widerider well around the region now, nothing showing up on radar. we have temperatures just in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees. it's 29 in washington, highs today in the mid 30s. might get a few more flurries later on today and overnight. blustery winds will be with us, as well as tonight, gusting around 20-25 miles per hour.
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h&r block: get it right. it's january, and the college application process is full speed ahead for high school seniors, and on top of all the paperwork and personal essays, there can be the added stress of the admission interviews. kathy cohen is founder of ivywise, which helps students through the application process. good morning. >> good morning. >> i don't remember even getting an interview when i applied for college. maybe that explains why i got in, but is it something all schools are doing or just some schools? >> some schools can recommend or
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require them, but some schools don't offer them at all. nyu and the big ten schools don't offer them, but a school like georgetown requires them. >> if you are offered one, you really say, accept it, do the interview. it's important. >> i do, because it gives a college more information about you and it's an opportunity for you to shine in front of the interviewer. >> okay, so, is it make or break on an application? let's say you do really poorly and you did so terrifically on your s.a.t.s and everything. is it make or break for you? >> it depends. it depends -- for a smaller school, the college interview is going to be more important than a larger school, on average, but usually, interview is not necessarily going to make or break you. theye just going to learn more information about you. >> what -- the big question is what do the interviewers want? what is it that they are looking for when they're interviewing your high school student or you if you're the high school student? >> well, they're trying to get more information about you other than what they're learning in your application. you're going to be somebody's roommate at the end of the day and you're going to be adding to
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the social community on their campus. so, they're trying to get a sense of what you're like, what your personality's like. are you down to earth, are you easy going, are you curious? and they're also trying to get a sense of what you're going to do to make an impact on their campus. so, what you bring to campus with you. >> so, they really want someone who is going to work in their school. they want to make sure that you fit, is that kind of what you mean? >> exactly. they're trying to picture the student on their campus, in the classes, in the activities, you know, how are they going to be participating in that environment? >> okay, so let's look at some of the questions they might ask and find out how you say we should answer those questions. one of the questions they'll surely ask is why do you want to attend our college. >> that's one of the most important questions and the student should research ahead of time. know the courses you want to take, the names of the professors you want to study with, the activities you want to participate in, know about research, internship and study abroad opportunities, even the college traditions, because you want to really show how you're going to make an impact on that
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campus and let that interviewer visualize you there. >> okay, i'm the interviewer, you're the interviewee. what inspires you intellectually? >> this is a good question, trying to get a sense of a student's intellectual vitality. what do you love to learn and what kind of ideas are you going to share with others on campus? you might want to talk about a class you took or a book you read or a project you worked on and why it inspired you to learn more. >> okay. and when they ask the question what do you do for fun, that's not a throwaway question. it's an important question. why? >> it is, and especially at selective schools where they're used to seeing kids with high scores and high grades. they want to know, okay, what else about you? what are you doing with friends or family or on your own, you know, as a hobby? they're looking to create a diverse class. so, you really want to be honest and talk about, okay, this is, you know, what i love to do outside the classroom. >> you know, the other tips i think are also instructive that you have. you say be up on current events. and that's really important. you say read everything you can for the last couple of weeks so that you're smart about it.
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>> exactly. some students are just thinking about what they've done in high school and they might be living in a bubble, so to say. and it's important for them to know what's going on in the world because the interviewer could throw out a question about today's news. >> and you should have questions. >> exactly. you should be interviewing the interviewer. this is your chance to get to know the college better, but prepare some good questions by researching ahead of time. >> are you saying those questions are to impress the interviewer? is it really to get information or really to sort of say that you've really got this mind that's asking questions? >> first of all, it's to get to know more about the college, but also, the interview's a dialogue. it's not a one-way street, and that's going to engage you a little bit more. >> also, you say research the interviewer. that's interesting in this time of google. we can do that, can't we? >> we can, and we might find something out about their background and be able to use that to engage in that conversation. >> you went to that scol, my mother did as well. you can create a relationship, and that's kind of what you're trying to do. >> exactly. >> also, you can rehearse. now, that's interesting, with a relative, i guess, or with a
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good girlfriend or guy friend. >> we tell students, you know, choose an adult, eighteenth a tea either a teacher or friend of a parent who you don't know that well who can go through questions with you so you're prepared. and you might want to save your first choice school last so you have time to interview at the other schools first, get that practice and then nail your top college. >> that is great advice. also fundamentals -- be on time, dress appropriately, like what? how do you dress appropriately? i tell students you want to dress nicer than you would for school. you don't need to dress in a suit and tie or anything, but definitely dress appropriately. be on time. you want to look the interviewer in the eye. don't fidget. and one of the most important things that students forget about because they get very nervous is smile. you know, be excited about that opportunity to interview and show them how enthusiastic you are about their school. >> yeah. it's kind of hard when you're under so much pressure to be relaxed and smile, but i think that's kind of the key is to realize, have that attitude that it's all going to be okay. >> exactly. >> just put your best foot
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♪ this morning on "eat this, not that," simple ways to slim down and save money without leaving your kitchen. david zinczenko is author of the "eat this, not that" series and now has branched out in a new book called "cook this, not that." david, good to see you. >> good to see you. happy new year. >> happy new year. a lot of people want to lose weight and save money, so good ways to do it. >> exactly. those are the biggest new years resolutions, save money and lose weight. how do you do it? you cook at home, hundreds of recipes that are lightning fast, simple, delicious and all kinds of cooking secrets. and what's great about that is you do it twice a week, you can end up losing 15 pounds in a year and saving thousands of dollars. >> all right. so, let's talk about the basics that every kitchen should have. you say there are five things your pantry needs to be stocked with. >> yeah, and these will help you
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fight hunger, get you thin and healthy, and they have a lot of flavor. you're like darth vader, you go to the dark side with dark chocolate. it's like a candy bar for your heart. and what's great is if you get a variety with 60% cocoa, it has nutrients that act as an antidepressant and also helps you lower blood pressure. so, you're going to get haeyeal and happy. you can nibble on it, you can sprinkle it over dessert, stir it into your chili. it's a great flavor enhancer. >> okay, great. canola oil, not olive oil. that's surprising. >> no, this is much better. if you cook with canola oil, you're going to save about $5 a bottle. >> right. >> it's just as heart healthy as olive oil, and you can cook with it at high temperatures. you can even fry with it so it's really great. i think popeye dumped olive oil to shack up with canola. >> okay, great, david. >> got to throw that in. >> next is a low-fat salad dressing? >> here's the thing, the
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difference between a good salad dressing and a bad salad dressing is 150 to 200 calories. so, you could save up to ten pounds a year by picking a good one. in this case, it's an organic buttermilk that's only 60 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat. >> a lot of people think buttermilk has a lot of fat, but it doesn't. >> it doesn't have to have it, and it's great for your pantry. >> kinwa, which is the grain of the moment. >> it sounds like a "star wars" character, i know, but what's great about it is it has double the protein and double the fiber of brown rice and cooks in half the time. >> it's so easy to make. >> so easy. >> boil it and you're done. >> plus, vitamins. >> okay, this is all natural peanut butter. >> here's the thing. the recipe for peanut butter is peanuts. the problem is, what we tend to have has tons of ingredients. >> hydrogenated oils. >> carb fillers, too much salt. so you go with something like this. i really like smucker's. it's healthy fats, it's 180 to 200 calories for two tablespoons
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and it fills you up. >> okay. now, let's look at some standard meals, and first, one that a lot of us order at restaurants, chicken fingers, and very popular in the restaurant menu chain, and you found the amount of calories in this plate alone is what? >> it's 1,100 calories, and here's the thing, it's like, this is the equivalent of having like a couple dozen like munchkins. >> ew. >> it's not -- you could save 900 calories if you do it yourself with the recipe in "cook this, not that." you're going to use pure breast meat. >> this is the one you made. >> this is the serving size here. it's a couple hundred calories. you're going to use that and save 900 calories. you do that over the course of a year, just once a week, you're going to lose 15 pounds. >> of course, i look at this and look at that and say, of course you're going to save calories. >> you can almost eat this whole plate instead of the restaurant version. >> but you baked yours, too, and that's a big difference. >> that's a big difference. we ditched the deep-fryer, which is very important. >> over here, let's talk about our lunch and turkey sandwich.
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a lot of us think this is a healthy option, but not this one. >> well, the average restaurant version has 850 calories. it's like they waved a fat wand over the food. >> right. >> and the problem is, we think we're eating healthy and we're not. it's the equivalent of having 13 small three musketeers bars. >> wow. >> you'd almost be better off with a whopper with cheese and bacon. if you make it yourself -- you can do it in minutes, and it's -- >> and yours has bacon and guacamole -- >> it has bacon. we ditched the mayo for the guacamole. it has a little bit of cheese. it's 430 calories. so, you're still going to enjoy the bacon and the taste -- >> and there's cheese in there, so you're getting all of it. >> but you're losing hundreds of calories if you go with a version like that. >> also, the size is important as you can see. >> and the other issue is you're going to save money. it's going to bulk up your wallet, not your waistline. so you really should make a swap like this. >> one of my favorites, garfield's, too -- >> i love it. >> lasagna. and if you're ordering this at a restaurant, what is the shocker
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here in terms of calories for that? >> this is normally 750 calories. >> right. >> it's the equivalent of eight fried eggs or 22 strips of bacon. >> yuck, ew. >> so, but if you get something like no-boil noodles and you get chicken sausage and you make a couple of clever substitutions, you can bring that down to 400 calories, anyou don't have to wait for a surly waiter or for your pager to vibrate. you can whip this stuff up in minutes. >> yeah, and a lot of people think, o you know, that may not be so easy to make, but you tried all of these recipes, you made them yourself? >> delicious, lightning quick, very simple. >> easier than a martha stewart recipe. >> yeah, she was four minutes. we can do it in three. martha, come on. >> come on, martha! the challenge is on. >> she's the best. >> the book is "cook this, not that." david zinczenko, thank you so
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look who's here. we've got hoda and her sidekick this morning. he is, of course, the "america's got talent" judge, piers morgan. hello, guys. >> hello, good morning. >> we've got a lot coming up. if you've seen "avatar," you know the confidential colonel, the tough, mean guy? >> yeah. >> he's on with us. >> oh, my -- >> have you seen the film? >> unbelievable. >> the most incredible thing i've seen in decades. amazing. >> we've got a lot coming up.
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our time now is 9:56, 28 degrees, very cold, it looks like there's a little sunshine under the clouds. we'll get the forecast comingen. good morning i'm joe krebs. in the news4 today, the new year could bring problems for metro riders. the agency will recommend a series of proposed service cuts this week. all part of a plan to make up for a $40 million budget shortfall. it could mean longer wait times between trains and buses and more crowded conditions. right now, let's check our weather with meteorologist tom kierein. tom? >> our temperatures are around 30 degrees now, it's only going to warm up another five degrees. might get a few more later on today. otherwise, particularitily to mostly cloudy at times. highs reaching the mid 30s and blustery winds keeping wind chills in the teens.
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tomorrow, a little bit warmer, but still colder than average. it looks like it will stay cold into thursday. late thursday night into early friday morning, could have a little light snow. and as we get into the weekend, cold and dry wh highs saturday and sunday near 30. how's the traffic. >> dealing with water main break down the block here, wilson boulevard at north jackson street eastbound wilson boulevard is closed. it looks like it will be that way for a while. 39 5 northbound moving very smoothly. to and across the 14th street bridge. southbound 395 also looking good at this hour. we'll be back with more news, weather and traffic in 25 minutes, now back to "the today show."
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television it is tuesday, january 5th, 2010, and piers morgan had so much fun yesterday, he came back again to do it with us today. >> i could never leave you. i could stay here all the time. look at you today. >> quit. >> look how hot you look. >> stop it. we have news about piers, by the
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way. we broke news yesterday that he is engaged. uh-uh may or may not have known that. there is a rumor we need to clear up. >> oh, yes. >> that says piers may be replacing simon cowell on "american idol." is taking bets. it says piers is a favorite with the odds of 1-2, right? >> good odd. >> sean diddy combs and quincy jones behind the two of you. first of all, is simon cowell leaving? >> i have no idea. simon is my boss. i have to be very careful here. i don't think anyone could replace simon cowell. he is the dark master. >> someone must get in there. >> it's hypothetical. >> i'm sorry. i don't know if you see the picture. >> that looks good actually. >> you have to have a manscape. >> the only reason people are saying i'm the favorite is because i'm probably presumed to be as mean as he is, which i'm upset about because i'm actually mr. nice guy. >> would you do that job,
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though, if they offered it to you? >> it's a fantastic job. simon is themaster. it will be entirely down to him what happens. x factor, new show he has, americans haven't seen it yet. smash hit in britain. when that launches in america, wait. because it's going to be the biggest thing you've seen on tv for years. >> we want to welcome a really sweet girl into our studio, alaina is from make a wish foundation, in from cleveland. thank you for watching. >> thanks for having me. >> on the cover of "vanity fair," it's not out yet -- >> tiger woods' naked body. >> i know you have a distinct opinion on tiger, but there's a picture of tiger woods on the cover of "vanity fair" taken by annie leboo witz. it was taken in 2006. none of this is current. the interview is not current, the pictures aren't. however there's a big "vanity fair" article that tries to connect the dots.
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>> that is not a golfers body. if you want to know why tiger woods is the greatest ever golfer, that is it. he is ripped like a boxer. coming from britain, we're a little bit less moralistic about the whole thing, not that we're defending what he did to his wife. that's between him and his wife. it's this constant treatment of him as the devil incarnate. if i were tiger you have to come out and talk and engage with the american public. this is where he lives. he is a fantastic sportsman. the sport will suffer without him. he has made a catacylsmic series of mistakes here in his marriage. there are more deserving people with a noose than tiger woods. >> people feel more than just -- i think they're more let down than even if their best friend or neighbor had been cheating on their spouse. >> that's ridiculous. why are they more let down? >> because they see him as, number one, this perfect figure, iconic figure and his image,
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that perfect image, was selling everything and people were buying everything. >> i have to tell you, i played enough sports, not at a professional level, but enough sports that you don't get to be as good as tiger woods unless you're ruthless, utterly focused, but what i didn't know is it's not just golf, but also girls in las vegas. let's face it, he's pretty well classed at both. >> an interview he did in his 20s, i think, this comes from. some of it is crude. you don't expect those types of comme comments to come out of tiger woods' mouth. >> he made this famous interview and never gave one again. he was so open and, of course, a bit of a naughty boy. what are we expecting here? this guy is a world-class sportsman. to get to that level, you have to be ruthless. you have to be. the idea we're all suddenly shocked that tiger woods is not mother teresa, i'm not sha shocked. he looks a mean, broody,
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ruthless winner, doesn't he? >> that's so not the image i have of tiger. the pictures we can't show you are the ones on the inside because we can only -- there's some rules about showing those. >> why are those pictures coming out now? has he approved them? i don't think so. >> that's a good question. >> why has annie liebowitz brought them out now? it doesn't look good for him. >> who agreed to let them out now? you would imagine he would not want these pictures out now, probably not ever. >> i would think they're going to be bigger villains than tiger woods. >> you do? >> personally a golfer, i would like to see him back. wherever you are, tiger, get back on the course. we miss you playing, whatever the problem is. >> he needs to speak. >> that's between you two. >> he needs to come out and have a conversation. >> he does and i'm available to do that interview. >> i'm sure you are. again, you are making news. it's kind of getting a little bit on my nerves. >> i'm rather enjoying this. >> don't look over here. we have -- there's a list out.
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british gq has a list out. >> oh, i know about this. is this the worst dressed man thing? >> the worst dressed men in al of britain. number one on the worst dressed list is gordon brown. >> well, that's fair enough. >> sorry. number two is russell brandt. awful. >> terrible. >> number three is nicholas sarkozy. hello. number four, johnson, number five the whole top gear team and guess who number six is. >> i know who number six is. >> oh! >> sorry but how can you describe this as worst dressed? >> i don't know. >>seriously. >> i don't know. when you walked in today, i said i can't believe you're on that list. >> in the smartest italian suit imaginable. is this the look of a man who should be on the best dressed list, hoda? >> yes. >> thank you. >> i don't know why you made that list. apparently all of britain thinks you don't dress well. do they like you overthere? >> apparently not as much as you
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do. that's not going to help me. what the hell are you doing to me >> trying to crucify your career., dating website decided they're going to cut 5,000 people from their website because they've become pudgy. >> fair enough. if you're -- sorry, if you're paying money to a dating website, you've got to get what's on the tin, haven't you? some sort of sexy picture and then you get this 40-stone thing, i would be like -- >> wait a second. >> i want my money back. >> that works both ways. a friend of mine was on one of those sites, saw a picture of this guy that looked very cute. she saw him and he was short, tuby, bald and very george costanzo-ish. they have a policy called a no ugly people policy. that's not very nice. >> i'm sorry to say this, but fair enough. if you're going to be paying to a dating agency website, you want to be quality goods. it's like going to a quality supermarket. you want to get good stuff, not
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bad stuff. >> people always lie on those websites. we'll meet piers's fiancee on thursday. >> i'm afraid of that. you're going to rip h to pieces. >> no, i'm not. look at her right there. she picked you. isn't that amazing? >> no. why is that amazg? >> just look. >> why is that amazing? >> just saying. >> i thought you liked me. >> i do like you. all right. let's throw it over to miss sarah haynes. you have a big give away. >> i do. five tivo hds. in honor of piers visiting us, our code is going to be mary me, piers. you have a lot of competition. >> a lot of entrants for this one. >> what are they saying about piers on the website? >> a lot of people are really regretting the fact that he's engaged. he liked that he said there's still time. >> the door is closing. it's not shut, hoda, all right? now come on, you've got a few months to pull it out of the bag. >> oh, my god. all right.
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coming up next, he's starring in one of the biggest movies ever. >> i saw it last night, "avatar." it's incredible. >> we'll talk with stephen lang right after this.
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weeks, director james cameron's "avatar" has become the most talked about movie, highest grossing films of all time, passing the $1 billion mark. >> actor stephen lang plays the broody and sinister colonel miles quaritch. >> if there is a hell, you might want to go there for some r & r after a tour on pandora. out there, beyond that fence, every living thing that crawls, flies or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes
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for jujubees. >> oh, my god. stephen lang, welcome. >> thank you. >> when i was meeting you, i was thinking to myself, i'm going to dislike him because in the movie you're so tough and mean. you're not really playing a villain in this movie? >> it's not particularly useful as an actor to decide okay i'm going to play a villain. i think that there's so many good qualities to quaritch. he has a certain type of c charisma. he's brave, loyal, honors his bored. he's just trying to do a tough job. >> being corrupted by his war experiences in terms of his soul but in terms of his country and obeying orders i can see it's a confusing character to sum up. he's not the bad guy necessarily, is he? >> you put your finger right on it. a lot of his soul is -- he has a spiritual malaise.
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the dirty wars has sheered away part of his spirit and he becomes sort of like a great white shark. >> what's it like to be in a movie that grosses $1 billion and rising? a long-time actor, you've had great highs. what is this moment like for you? >> it's breathtaking to be part of it. it's kind of stunning and somewhat surreal, i would say. >> who tells you the numbers? >> my sons. yeah, yeah, they're like the movie -- >> dad it's at $100 million. >> dad, hit $1 billion and hasn't even opened in china. >> what was it like working with james cameron? he has a reputation of being a very -- you know, a tough guy basically out there. what's it like working one on one with him? >> i just modeled quaritch on jim. no, jim is fearless and he's pretty ferocious. he's relentless. he has a tremendous spirit. he just creates a great environment to act in. >> and was the environment -- i mean, a lot of what you're doing is not out at a set.
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it's in a confined space, right? >> right. >> you're not -- so, how fawas that? tell us about that. >> it throws you back on some of your primary tools as an actor. you become very dependent on your own imagination and jim is right there to guide you through that world when you need to be guided. >> this is old-fashioned method act be iing really. without having to rely on backdrop sets and everything. >> absolutely. everything else is great fun when you're in the machines and have the actual stuff there. there's something very fundamental to getting back to just having to make it up. >> the moment i thought was the most powerful -- i don't know about you, hoda, but there was a moment when thplanet rebels as one, every living organism comes together because they realize there's now a threat to pandora itself and they have to come together. it made me think about our planet and what would happen. so many wars going on all over the place, so many enemies. if we came under attack from an alien force here, would the same
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happen here? could you see the chinese, the indians, the pakistanis, israel, palestine, would everyone come together, do you think? >> i hope it doesn't take an alien attack for all of us to come together. but i do agree that it's a moment where the emotions just ratchet up when you see the very planet itself rise up. and i find it, you know, very chilling and very emotional. >> i think the interesting thing about this movie is if you think it's a sci-fi type movie for guys, it really isn't. when kathie lee and i went for the first time, we watched this thing. there's such emotion in it, a love story that goes on. so many layers in it, spirituality, all those sorts of things that you feel that is not just sort of a boy's movie, right? >> jim is so steeped in all various literariums. he can't help but draw on all of that. >> one final important question,
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did you get a percentage? >> yes, i did. >> what is it? >> zero. that's a percentage, isn't it? >> thanks again. you know you're going to be number one, you know, soon. coming up next, the best beauty buys. >> after these messages. after t. . . .
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we're back with "today's" beauty. >> luxury to go to a high-end store to stock your beauty bag, but is it really necessary? >> beauty exert jamie crell says no, it's not. you can find it right in the drugstore. is this true? >> it is true. i compared the high end to the drugstore products and they share similar ingredients and result. >> she's at the high end and i'm at the bottom end. >> are you? >> you can look like this, cheaply. >> look this stunni innin innin
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budget. >> and be on the gq best dressed list. >> makeup brushes, two great travel sets from a manni. it's $100. that's their famous sable brushes. they're soft and last you forever. you get a little piece of armanni for a low price. >> these feel exactly the same. >> they feel similar, right? that's how i compared them. these are $9.99 from cvs. if you use them and you're not happy, cvs will give you a full refund. >> let's move to perfume. british company. this is the vintage gardenia. it smells beautiful. it has gardenia and vetivere. this one from faith hill from the drugstore also has gardenia and vetiver. same middle and base note. >> this is where i'm slightly with the high end because with perfume you have to be very careful. there's a particular mix. >> that smells better to me. >> that one is made for layering. now we're on to for
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blemishes. only two things that work, salicylic acid and benzoil peroxide. this is both 2% salicylic. >> zip zapper. >> yes. it has lactic acid so -- >> which one zaps zits better? >> both has the same. >> body scrubs. >> both use brown sugar to exfoliate. >> do you use these scrubs much, hoda? >> yes, i do. >> when you smell this, this really has a cult following. >> smell that. >> first sugar on the market. >> you know you want that. >> you know what, hoda? no. that's a bit of a turn-off, i'm afraid. >> is it? >> you don't put that all overo yourself. >> yes, you do. >> it leaves your skin so silky and soffromcaress, the same brown sugar. >> a hairbrush is a hairbrush. >> not true. this was developed in 1885 in london, england. >> as you know.
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>> as you know, your place. this is nylon and bora bristles. that distributes the oils in your hair naturally and evenly to leave it glossy. >> uh-huh. i like. >> this is $90 to $250. you have it forever. >> how much? >> $90 to $250. >> $250 for a hairbrush? >> you have it forever. you can pass it down to your children. >> you should. >> how about these? >> how much is this one? >> that one is $90. >> $90? >> $90. that's in every celebrity stylist kit around the world. >> not in mine, it isn't. >> i'm telling uh-uh. >> this was combed with a $3 comb. >> this is con air, same bore bristles but it doesn't have the nylon. >> what do we have here? eye makeup removers, especially if you wear contact lenses, both of these are great for that. $26. 100% water based. that's really important. >> it's like with medication. i go around sometimes and look at all the ingredients. do these things carry basically the same ingredients?
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>> that's exactly what i did. >> that's what she was telling you. >> this is what my segment is. >> on this particular one, are they exactly the same? >> not exactly, but similar ingredients. both of these, as well, are alcohol free, parabin free, fragrance free. extremely gentle. >> so, curling irons. >> ceramic barrel iron is what you're looking for, and high heat. both of these go overo 400 degrees. hot tools actually gets hotter, 430 degrees. amazing they used this on me here at nbc in the green room. every stylist has it. $46.99. >> you can use that for something else? >> just for hair. i don't think you want to hit people with these. >> that's it. we've got to go. jamie -- that's what he was thinking. thanks a lot. still to come, a big workout just like "the biggest loser." >> we'll show you how to do it at home.
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coming up today at midday. >> new details about how a third uninvited guest made it to a courthouse dinner. we'll have the latest in a live report. good morning, i'm eun yang. also coming up, we're at reston park, waiting for a word on a new head coach. news4 moodday
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we're back on this tuesday with "get fit today" and a no-excuse workout. >> for most of you americans getting healthy and fit is on your resolution list once again. >> uh-huh. >> you don't have to join a gym to do it. you just have to be with this guy. >> yes, "the biggest loser" trainer host bob harper is here with two former contestants. they're here to teach us a thing or two. first of all, the happy couple. >> yes. >> you two were recently married, yeah? >> yes. >> collectively, how much weight did you lose? >> we lost 260 pounds.
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>> wow! >> together? >> you were on for a week. >> i was on for three weeks. >> so did you get -- did the weight come off after the show? >> yes. >> did most of it come after? >> when we had to go home and figure out how to do it at home before the finale, we figured it out. even though we couldn't be on the ranch we knew what we needed to do. >> when you met, you were a lot bigger. >> yes. >> you fell in love with larger people. >> we did. >> do you love each other as much that you've skinnied down? >> even more. >> a lot more. a whole lot more loving going on. >> i have to tell you, this show is so hot, already at season nine. >> season nine. >> you have some really interesting stories in this one. i keep seeing the promo of the person who has never been kissed. >> darus. >> tell us about darus. >> absolutely love darus. he's such a good boy. you're going to meet him tonight and you're going to see the love that he has to give. he's really going to grow up in this house. >> that's his problem, he needs to be more of a naughty boy.
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>> you're about to see it. he will grow up in this house. >> the biggest overall person is on this show. >> 526 pounds, michael. he is the biggest person we've ever had on the show. >> as a trainer, you get a guy who is 500 pounds. what is the key thing to get that guy to lose weight? >> well, i have to tell you, you have to start off slow. you're dealing with someone that's never worked out before, hasn't worked out before -- or in a long time. and you just have to get him started. it's like one of these one day at a time things, eating right, moving his body around and know it's going to work out >> especially for you guys, you were 400 and some pounds. what was your light bulb, your aha moment where you said enough already with this? i've got to do something. >> the thing is once i got engaged i knew i had a reason to live and a woman to love me and i wanted to be around for her to love me more. >> people are looking at this, wondering who is on "the biggest loser." >> oh, stop it! >> you're going to show you some things we can do at home. a lot of people don't have money
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and can't join a gym. there are basics you can show us, right? >> absolutely. you don't even need a mat. straight push-ups while you're watching tv. >> what? those are hard. straight push-ups? >> i do them on my knees. >> abs are strong, opens are opened shoulder width. do something as simple as that, three sets of 15. now go into a plank position. closer together, go up on to your toes. if she held that for 30 seconds three to five times, really focusing on the midsection and strengthening the back. >> that's not easy. >> no. >> i tried to do that today. they said try to hold it 30, 40 seconds. my arms were shaking. >> lift your leg. >> you're good. nicole, i'm sorry. hello! >> that's why she looks the way she does. >> i put a gym put in at my house in london. >> now you're showing off. >> no, i'm lazy. >> you need me to come to your house. i'll whip you into shape. >> i can't go up the stairs. i can't be bothered. what's the answer to the psychology? how do you make yourself do it
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now that you're off the show? what makes you carry on? >> once you lose 140 pounds you want to keep it off. you don't want to go back to that 400-pound plus mark. it's a bad feeling to be that weight. >> show us. >> try picking up one of these, by the way. have you tried this? >> they're heavy. >> feel that. >> let me try. let me help you, hoda. >> my god, that is heavy. >> this is a good cardio exercise, working the lower and upper body. one arms if you want. >> much easier. >> yeah. >> wow, that's awesome. >> it's a great exercise. >> now, if you have the wii -- a lot of people are using this i wii. >> be careful. "the biggest loser" wii fitness game -- >> does this actual work? >> yes. >>ow can you get fit playing television games? i don't get this. >> we'll do a wood chop. >> put this little thing around your wrist. >> yeah, because it will swing out of your hands. open your legs shoulder width apart, take your arm over your right side and take it down to
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your left side. you're the one off to the left. >> nice, controlled motions. don't pull your arms down. >> oh, i see. do what they're doing. >> okay. >> twist your arm and chop. >> see? >> we stopped. >> am i the fat -- >>tiger woods. looks more like tiger woods. >> krur on the other side. you guys are working together. ah, see? >> which way e we going? >> off to the side. >> get in the swing of things. think tiger. >> this wii game has so much offer. >> congratulations. who is player one? >> you. >> i'm player one? >> yeah. >> congratulations, i've completed the wood chops. i burned zero calories, but it tells you how many calories you burned? >> a food journal. so much. >> we have to roll. guys, thank you so much. congratulations. congrats. where are we? over here. "biggest loser: couples"
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premieres tonight here on nbc. how to fix your finances. >> how to fill that resolution right after this.
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time for "resolutions today" and how to fix your finances. more healthy people put healthy finances on their resolution list over a healthy body. >> what is the key to keeping your finances in line?
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>> save more, spend less, just basic? >> we're on a good momentum in 2008, 2009 we saw americans spend -- save more money. u.s. savings rate is around 5%. for every dollar we bring home, we're tucking away about five cents which doesn't sound like a lot. before the recession started the savings rate was at 0%, we're doing a lot better. >> you're saying you should buying in cash. right now, so many people are so strapped that the idea of trying to buy things were cash is almost impossible for them. >> it's easier than you think. and it's more possible to overspend when you use credit cards. credit cards give us a false license to overspend and credit experts tell me when we actually bring cash to the register, we can save 20%, because we are just sticking to what we have. >> the problem, it seems to me, with the whole recession, yes, the bankers got us into the mess and everything else, but also individual responsibility fell down as well.
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>> right. >> people were just borrowing too much money. when the crutch came, people had this fake money they thought they had, which disappeared. cash is better. >> if you have it. >> it keeps you accountable. 2010 will be the year of personal accountability. that's a resolution this year. in addition to wanting to save more, people want to become more confident and get a bigger grip on their own personal finances. >> you talk about this spending -- what is it, spending buddy or tell iing -- >> money buddy. >> what's that about? >> it started with someone told me how will you keep to your resolutions this year? i said i'm going to call my mom more often because she's going to keep me more accountable. same thing with dieting or any kind of challenge that you're trying to overcome. when you involve someone in your life, you share this goal with them, maybe they can support you and also keep you the slightest bit accountable. >> keep you honest. >> keep you honest. because now you've put yourself out there and you feel you almost have to pursue this, not just for yourself, but maybe even for this person. >> the other thing for americans, definitely same for
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the british, as the economy appears to be coming out of recession now, it is important we all feel confident enough, have as much you have to go spend a bit of money again and get the economy really pumping. >> people are hanging on to their money. >> if you hang on to it too much, the economy will never come back. >> it's about balance, how much can you save versus spend? the trend we have been seeing that will continue in the new year is that if you're going to buy something, invest in something that will return in -- with great dividends. >> what about the stock market? people look at the stock market and go, okay, i remember what happened there. i remember when it was no good, and i'm afraid to get back in. even though it looks good now. what's the advice there? >> the advice there is to take it slowly and to rebuild your confidence. and the survey says that people do want to really, you know, sink their teeth back into the stock market. how do you do it? you start slow, rebuild your confidence, inform yourself. you really face reality. look at your 401(k) statement, your ira, your 529 plan for your child. >> what would you invest in now? what kind of thing, do you think? >> i would invest in myself. >> what does that mean?
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>> investing in things that will pay off in the future. things that will invest in my health, my career. >> like what? >> going back to school maybe. although i have a master's, but just taking an online course to enrich my skills, networking. >> you wouldn't invest in, say, conventional things, stock market, other kinds of investments? >> sure, i would. i'm turning 30 this year. for me i have a long horizon until i retire. one of my goals is to start a stock portfolio in addition to investing more in my retirement and rainy day savings. >> is there anything that you think in the stock market? you want a sure thing. i don't know if anything is a sure thing. >> sure thing? >> is there anything out there that you feel is safe, let's go down that road? >> well -- >> yeah? >> i think -- i don't want to speculate, but i do think real estate is going to come back. a lot of people are talking about real estate investment trusts, these funds that invest in various real estate ventures. >> warren buffett, you know that guy? >> call him. >> he said here's what you do. buy shares in chewing gum stock,
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chocolate stock and pizza stock. when people are worried they chew gum, eat sweets and have pizza at home. i like that. >> stock that is have survived previous recessions that are still existing today, maybe they've been beaten down, but they're tried and true. they've proven that they can survive difficulty. >> thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> good luck with your book too. >> thank you. chris kimpel is here with his slow cooker and beef burgundy. >> there's a segment i can sink my teeth into.
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we're in "today's" kitchen gettin' saucy with efficianato chris gimpel. >> i can't wait to stick my fork in this. >> the best slow and easy recipes, easy beef burgundy.
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>> you look so different. well dressed, i have to say. >> well dressed. >> thank you. >> maeb it's the suit. i don't know. >> chris, talk to us about slow cooking. why is this the way to go in your opinion? >> very different than the old-fashionerival crockpot in the '70s, very expensive now. two things you want to know. it forces you to get dinner finished by 9:00 in the morning. it's a menu-planning concept. instead of using a dutch oven in your oven all day, which is expensive and probably don't want to leave your home for nine hours. >> this is very french, isn't it? >> yes. >> this french has the style of cooking. my fiancee is born and raised in paris, very slow cooker -- nothing to do with the pots but very slow cooker. >> she's coming on thursday, you know that, right? >> she apparently is. they put lots of wine and stuff in their food and let it cook for hours and hours. >> that's how the flavor is pulled out. they tend to water down the food because there's a top on it, no
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evaporation. you get watered down flavors, too much liquid. we have to build flavor. onion, carrot and garlic and saute this about ten minutes to develop flavor. then we'll actually put in some wine. one of the rules is -- this is a bottle of pinot noir. >> how much wine do you put in? >> about 4 1/2 -- >> kathie lee's not here, okay? hello! wow! >> there you go. reduce this down to about a third to two-thirds. and that increases flavor. you don't want too much liquid. >> okay. >> this is now 20 minutes into the recipe. you have the onions, carrot and wine reduced down, lot of flavor. that's really about all the cooking you have to do on the stove top. we'll put that in here. >> again, the difference between this and a crock pot -- lot of people have crock pots -- is what? >> it's simply a branded name for alow cooker from rival. this is a little bit different. this has an insert you can remove. it has handles on it, which you should look for. also you can cook on high or
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low, which means this would be nine or ten hours on low or five to seven hours on high. it also has one other feature you should look for. when it's done cooking it automatically goes to the warm mode, which means it will keep things warm. >> go to work and it will do its own thing? >> yes. >> five pounds of meat. we have a secret way of getting around not sauteing the meat. >> what kind of meat? >> chuck from the forequarter of the animal, not the thighs. no thighs. the secret is soy sauce gives you meaty flavor. >> soy. >> little chicken stock, just a cup. bay leaves. one other ingredient, which is really important. as i said, there's not a lot of evaporation, two tablespoons of minute tapioca as a thickener. >> really? >> yeah. >> do you have to mix all that up or -- >> just put that on for nine, ten hours and you're done. >> it just mixes itself? >> yeah, because there's a lot of steam and we finished off with a few onions that are
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frozen, bacon on top. this taste as good as the real thing. >> hold on. i want to try a little bit. >> we can't make the turn now? >> no, no, we have to taste it because we're already here. >> this is actually, i think, at least as good as the real deal. yeah? >> so good. we have a minute. >> that is the hoda of beef burgundy. delicious. >> this is a chicken dish with carrots and mushrooms. mushrooms, onion, garlic. >> it's always the same principle? saute first, add the wine. >> reduce the wine down like we did here of reduce this down for a few minute. >> simple. >> this is easy. want to lift the top? >> this goes into the crock pot. then you add your other ingredients, four, five hours, you're done. >> genius. >> is the chickn done? >> that is great. genius. >> my kind of cooking. >> thank you so much. we appreciate it. we'll be back with more of "today" on nbc.
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it is that time of the programe turn to our own miss sarah. >> marilyn would like to know, this question is for piers, do you wear boxers or briefs? >> tell the truth. >> well, hoda, you know. i'm a boxers kind of guy. i have to be honest with you. there's a bit more room. >> okay. this question -- moving right along. for you, piers, henry would like to know, how good does hoda smell when you sit that close? >> oh, my god, this is -- forget the perfum we had earlier. >> oh, stop. >> this is what i call come to bed perfume. luckily, i'm a happy to be married man otherwise it would be hard -- >> keep reminding everyone. how to make your relationship stronger in the new
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year. >> tim allen is stopping by. >> have a great day, everybod see you tomorrow. >> have a great day, everybod see you tomorrow. >> definitely. -- captions by vitac --
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